My Guardian Angel Must Have Been In The Passenger Seat

icy roadI had a very frightening experience last night, Modern Philosophers, and I was too freaked out to talk about until now.

It snowed overnight, so when I woke up yesterday, a couple of inches of the white stuff blanketed the neighborhood.

I had to shovel out the driveway, and my road had not yet been plowed, but enough cars had gone over it to make me confident that I would have no issues getting from The House on the Hill to the main road.

It snowed and rained sporadically during the day.  When I left the office, I had to scrape ice off of Zombie Car’s windows, and it took a little effort to get the door open because of the ice, but the ground seemed fine.

I was not worried about the drive home.  Although my fear of driving in the snow is well documented, I didn’t even give a second thought to the fact that there would be any issue with the commute back to The House on the Hill.

Rachel, the beautiful Archangel, who is also my Guardian Angel, has not shown up in this blog for a few months.  It’s my belief that my she has abandoned me.  I didn’t like that, but I have grown used to being on my own and looking out for myself.

Angel RachelLuckily for me, I was wrong about Rachel.  She clearly was in the passenger seat of my car last night during one of the scariest moments I’ve ever experienced.

Had she not been there, Modern Philosophers, I’m not sure I would be here writing to you.

The highway had it usual rush hour traffic, which in Maine, isn’t much at all.  There are several on ramps and exits on my short commute, so I like to drive in the left lane to avoid all the cars weaving on and off the 395.

I was zipping along at 60 mph, which is the speed limit, singing along to the radio, and thinking about what I was going to do for dinner.

I noticed that traffic was backed up in the other direction, which was odd.  That’s when I noticed all the taillights up ahead had stopped moving.

I still had plenty of time to brake, but since I was going 60, I wanted to begin the process immediately.  However, when I stepped on the brake, nothing happened.

I kept trying to stop, but the blacktop must have been covered in black ice.  Zombie Car kept flying towards the stationary taillights that were growing larger because I was getting dangerously close to them.

Traffic was now at a standstill in the opposite direction, and I could see flashing blue lights. Up ahead, I discerned that traffic was only stopped in my lane.

My brakes were still not catching, and my speed had only dropped to about 50mph.

I checked my rear view mirror, and saw that no one was coming up behind me in the next lane.  I changed lanes and then the danger became clear.

Two cars were spun out in the road, perpendicular to my approach.  The one on the left jutted out several feet into the lane in which I was now traveling.  The one on the right was on the shoulder, but its nose was very close to being in my lane.

As I uttered “Oh my God!  Oh my God!  Oh my God!”, I prepared for impact and made a final adjustment to Zombie Car’s path.

falconI somehow managed to pass through the narrow gap between the two cars at an uncomfortably high rate of speed.

There was no other traffic on the other side of that danger zone, so I just kept working the brakes until they caught.  Then I went 20 mph until I got to my exit.

My body was trembling.  My heart was trying to pound its way out of my chest.  I was mumbling “Thank you God…”

The first thought that popped into my head?  I felt like I had just driven the Millennium Falcon through that asteroid field in “The Empire Strikes Back”.  Even in a near death experience, I was still a total dork.

I had a sense that my Guardian Angel was there next to me, her hand on my knee to calm me, her big brown eyes focused on me with grave concern.

Even after I was off the 395, I continued going 20 mph.  I could care less if I was an inconvenience to anyone behind me.  There was no way I was tempting fate again.

As I waited at a red light, I finally looked over to the passenger seat, where I truly expected to see my Guardian Angel smiling at me.  I was so sure that dimple on her right cheek would be out doing its little dance.

I might not have actually seen the Archangel Rachel, but I know she was there.  It was the only way to explain how I managed to guide my vehicle between those two cars spun out on the road.

Santa AustinIt was nothing short of a Christmas Miracle, Modern Philosophers.  This isn’t one of my silly stories, and there is no twist ending.  I almost got into a high speed collision, and it truly is a miracle that I came out of it without a scratch.

My heart is pounding way too fast now simply from the anxiety of recounting the incident for you.

I am appreciating life tonight and filled with the Christmas Spirit.  I no longer believe that my Guardian Angel has abandoned me, and I hope she will forgive me for ever thinking such nonsense.

Life is a gift, Modern Philosophers.  Make sure you value it and never take it for granted…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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45 Responses to My Guardian Angel Must Have Been In The Passenger Seat

  1. I have been in similar situations, Austin. I firmly believe that my Guardian Angel has saved my sorry hiney many times. There are several instances in which I should not have made it out alive, but I did. I did some research on those personal experiences that has lead me to believe that the Archangel Michael watches over me. For that I am a blessed man.

  2. It must have been a frightening experience and I’m so glad you weren’t hurt.

  3. NotAPunkRocker says:

    How frightening :-\ Thank goodness for guardian angels.

    I don’t know if I have one, but with my commute I at least made sure to have a St. Christopher’s medal in the car. Just in case.

    • Austin says:

      Every time I get more confident about driving in this weather, something like this happens.

      Of course, I am going to take from the experience that I somehow knew exactly what to do, didn’t totally panic, and got out of it unscathed.

      So that means I’m getting better at driving in the snow, right?

  4. floridaborne says:

    Snow and ice don’t go well together with driving. Glad you made it out in one piece!

    I don’t know which would be worse for you–being laid up in a hospital–or not being able to write a blog post because you were laid up in a hospital. 🙂

    Sometimes I wonder how this Floridian managed to make it out of Minnesota and Wisconsin alive.

  5. Louise says:

    glad you survived.. Next time switch the engine off and apply the handbrake. it will slow you considerably and steer with the blackice. Man please get yourself some defensive snow driving lessons for christmas.. We all want to keep on reading your blog….

  6. E.L. Wicker says:

    That is so scary. I’m so glad you’re okay. What a frightening experience. Glad you’re through it unscathed!

  7. quiall says:

    Sometimes we need a jolt to remember how good we have it. Glad you made it.

  8. Pamela Edwards says:

    Austin , I too hate driving in the Winter weather conditions . I believe we all have an angel looking out for us . Glad you made it through this frightening incident unscathed. P.S. Your angel was probably on vacation stop making her work so hard . : ) Sorry had to, I am really glad your ok . Take care of you !

  9. Louise says:

    what do you mean NO Handbrake?//every car has some form of parking brake or handbrake…. If its an automatic you got ‘P’ for park ???

    • Austin says:

      You’re saying to just turn off the car and put it in park in the middle of the highway?

      • Louise says:

        No the car will still slide but you have cut the power to the engine, thus as you panic you can gently steer with the ice or brake softly…..PLEASE get some snow driving lessons for xmas..we all still want you to keep blogging.

      • Austin says:

        I thought I was doing a much better job. Didn’t I manage to get through the accident unscathed? I’ve driven to work in every storm this year. I’m facing my fear…

      • Louise says:

        or go live in arizona, mexico or come here to australia. where there is not much snow around.

  10. ROBERT says:

    Ice on the windshield? Ice stopping the door from opening? Rachel was giving you hints, and you’re driving 60? Rachel should have patted you on da back of da head with the blunt side of her sword as a hint. Now go find an empty parking lot of snow and practice figure 8’s to the 8th power. Glad to hear you’re not a dashboard ornament.HAPPY HOLIDAYS,
    (you probably ran over grandma.)

    • Austin says:

      I’m trying to be more confident in my driving, and the highway is generally salted by rush hour, so I honestly did not think there was a problem. Clearly, I need to think harder next time.

  11. So glad that you’re safe and ok!

  12. D. Parker says:

    That’s a scary story Austin, so glad you’re safe. Thank goodness your guardian angel was with you so you’re still here. 🙂

  13. markbialczak says:

    You did do a great job, Austin. Congratulations on steering Zombie Car through the eye of the needle. I am so relieved right now. Thank you Archangel Rachel for looking after my friend!

    Louise has a good point about a brush-up driving course, just the winter chapter. I think you could even Google online to find video tips.

    If I were in that situatioin, I would have downshifted (even in automatic) to the lowest gear to slow the engine, and pumped the brakes lightly so as not to throw yourself into a skid if they caught the road. I think Zombie Car must have a parking brake somewhere in the middle console, doesn’t it? That’s what Louise means by hand brake. Find that for future reference. But keeping a clear head, using your eyes and steering clear of the danger was your best out, obviously! Dang, that black ice is so dangerous. You did great. You really, really did great, Austin.

  14. Glad to hear you and your angel Rachel escaped a smash up so adroitly. Life has other plans for you. Merry Christrmas!

  15. ksbeth says:

    that is so scary, austin. and i’m so happy this had a happy ending. i have no fear of driving in snow, but black ice is an untame-able beast in my eyes. glad you are okay –

    • Austin says:

      I don’t know why I was driving the speed limit. I was just following the lead of the other cars. That was stupid of me. I will be much more careful from here on out. Trust me!

  16. David Forbes Brown says:

    Austin I just read this—OMG! So glad you’re okay!

  17. joyezeka says:

    Woahhhhh! It was as if I was with you throughout the whole experience. I’m glad I am able to comment on this post today! I celebrate life with you today. Thank God for the gift of life!

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