The Scariest Moment

I’m pretty sure the experience I’m about to tell you all is the scariest thing I’ve ever gone through in my life.  Minus having to walk down the spiral staircase of death.

Wednesday night I went after work to visit my friend Annie, who lives out in Long Island.  I left her apartment around 9:30ish to head home, taking the Northern State Parkway and doing about 60mph.  It was raining lightly, and had been raining pretty much all day.  I was in the middle lane, and all of a sudden, my car veered to the right – it had hit a patch of water that my tire didn’t catch on.  (Dave has informed me this is called “hydroplaning“).  There was a car almost immediately next to me in that lane, so I tried to correct the car over to the left.  When I did that, I think my tire hit another patch of water on the left side, causing my car to start swerving all over the road.  (PANIC ENSUES HERE.)

HOLY SHITBALLS.  As my car was swerving like a drunken college student after a long night out, I remember trying to veer towards the divider, so I wouldn’t go into the cars next to me, and also try to avoid going across 2-3 more lanes.  And, like a jackass, I wasn’t thinking, and slammed on the brakes.  DON’T SLAM ON THE BREAKS WHEN YOU LOSE CONTROL OF THE CAR.  Yeah, that logic went right out the window.

At some point I did remember that you weren’t supposed to do exactly that, but I can’t remember if I took my foot off the brake or not.  I know at some point, I was completely facing the wrong way on the road, and it felt like I had stopped, but then the car kept going, and I wound up doing a complete 360, and was left only slightly skewed in the lane.

I don’t know how I didn’t hit anything.

I don’t know how none of the cars hit me.

But I came out unscathed.  At least physically.

After sitting there for what had to have been only a minute, I just started driving again.  This time a bit slower.  What else was there to do?  Obviously if I would have gotten hit or hit someone, I would have stayed, called 911, called Dave, etc.  But everything was fine, everyone was fine, and delaying my trip home would have helped nothing.

I held it together until I walked in the door, and Dave asked how I was.  TEARS.  MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF TEARS.  “Are you ok?” “I…. I… I spun out on the highway on the way home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’  WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH  Dave pretty much said, “Oh my god!” and grabbed me in a bear hug.

We’re getting new tires this weekend for my car.  And I’m also driving slower in the rain from now on.

And to be honest, I wasn’t really worried about myself at all.  I just kept thinking of the little being inside of me, and what I would have done if I got into a real accident.  The thought terrifies me.  The experience scared the bejesus 0ut of me.  I NEVER want to experience that again.

Also, and some people, my husband included would probably shake their heads at this, but I think someone up there was watching out for me.  Who knows who, or what, or whatever – but I have always believed in that sort of thing, and the fact that I came out of that experience without a scratch only solidified it.

Have you ever spun out on the highway?  Or had a near miss like that?


  1. How scary! So glad everything is ok. We hit black ice two years ago and it was CRAZY scary. You almost feel like you are having a weird out of body experience. Luckily, like you, we didn’t hit any cars – we did hit the snow bank and the car needed some work, but we were lucky.

    When I was pregnant we had our CO2 monitor go off in our apartment and I SWORE something was going to happen to our baby. But, she’s a happy and very healthy 17 week old.

  2. OMG!!! Glad you are okay!!!!! I have spun out on the highway. I was not so lucky. I got hit in the drivers side door. The only thing that was wrong with me was my mental stability. I made the mistake of going to work immedietly after the accident. When I got there all I did was cry, I cried for hours.

  3. oh man that is terrifying. a similar thing happened to my friends and i in college on our way out, she hit black ice and totally spun out and ended up facing the wrong way. eek.

    so glad you were okay and didn’t hit anything. oy.

  4. I am glad you are ok! That is really scary but the fact that you kept it together until you got home? That’s awesome. Stay safe!

  5. That is effing scary! I am so sorry you went through that, but I for one do believe someone was watching out for you. I don’t drive, but my wife does and we’ve had a few close calls where someone has almost hit us but luckily never anything serious and never any damage done!

  6. I did the exact same thing when I was 18 but it was perfectly sunny – my tire caught the lip of the shoulder and I over corrected and spun out 360 degrees and needed up in the grassy median ditch thing. Didn’t hit a thing. Completely terrifying and I’m so so glad you and the bebe are okay!!!

  7. I am so glad you are okay! That sounds terrifying =(.

  8. So scary. I’ve never hydroplaned before, but I’ve had similar experiences (um, except the pregnancy part) on ice, & it’s been absolutely terrifying. Glad you’re OK!

  9. This same thing happened to me when I first visited Istanbul last April. My father in-law was driving (in the rain – and at that time they were my “boyfriend’s” Turkish parents) and we were hit in the rear which caused us to spin into three lanes of oncoming traffic. We sat in the middle of the three lanes (facing the wrong direction) until cops and such showed up, as the vehicle was totaled. All I remember was sitting on the side of the road in crowded Istanbul, in the rain, with this Turkish woman *my now Mother in-law* trying to console me in a foreign language.

    I believe 100% in somebody watching out – there is no way we all should have walked away ok from that accident…

    I am SO glad you are safe!!

  10. Oh goodness, that’s so scary! I did something similar when I was 17, I spun across 4 lanes of rush hour traffic, only stopping when I hit another car head on. LUCKILY, both drivers were fine, if a bit shaken, and our cars had minimal damage (my bumper came off, his headlight was crushed). I had a hard time driving for months after that, aggh, it was just so scary!

    So glad you’re okay!!

  11. I am so glad you’re okay!

  12. Very glad you’re okay!

    I can’t drive in the winter/bad, slick weather… If I do, it’s white knuckles the whole time. I ended up in a corn field my freshman year of college… Spun out on the highway in the country. I freaked out and called my mom, who couldn’t come out to help me… I got a tow and had to keep on driving. My normal 2 and half hour drive to school, coming back from break, took over 6…

  13. So scary! I’m so glad you’re okay.

  14. Oh wow, hydroplaning is definitely one of the most terrifying things ever. It happened to me once when trying to stop at a red light. Luckily no one was around. Glad you’re okay!

  15. OMG! How terrifying! I’m so glad that you’re ok!

    My car fishtailed on the highway in a snowstorm once. It was seriously terrifying.

  16. Holy crap – the same thing happened to me years ago. I fell asleep behind the wheel and when I woke up, my car was going out of control. SO SCARY!! But thankfully you’re okay to tell the crazy story!


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