Saturday, December 27, 2008

Nascar Here I Come!

I know my husband is going to laugh at this entry but I want to document my mad driving skills. Last Saturday I had to finish up a couple loose ends for christmas... I went and ran my errands and finished in decent time. When I was finished, it was beautiful weather in riverdale so instead of fighting my way back through Ogden Christmas traffic I decided to take the freeway home... Of course it was going to be clear because the sun was shining and it was actually kind of warm. I was right... The roads we clear and DRY! So here I am cruising along past the Smith and Edwards exit and suddenly the roads aren't so dry... So I slow down as I enter a BLIZZARD!!! So I slow down ALOT more... as I'm coming around Willard Bay I notice a couple little fender benders in the opposite lane. You see, I'm always a safe follower.. I hate tailgaters even in dry warm weather so I keep my distance the best I can. OK so back to my story. All of the sudden directly in front of me I see a HUGE pile up of about 8 cars.. IN MY LANE!! Right then, My mind flashes back to being 15 years old in Mr. Jeppesens Drivers ed class "what do you do on a slick road when you can't stop?" First push on your brakes... Nope too slick. Next pump your brakes... STILL NOT WORKING!!! Now what Mr Jeppesen? The car in front of me can't stop, I can't stop. They hit the pile of cars... NOT ME! I went off roading! I'm so happy I drive a cute little Jeep Liberty with 4wd. So I swirved to miss the car and I'm heading for a fence... luckily my brakes work now! YAY! So I stop... Put it in 4 wheel drive and pull back up to the road. So then I notice my 5 senses kicking in. Sight-I see cars EVERYWHERE piled up in northbound and southbound lanes and a couple in a Suburban getting smashed over and over again as people can't stop. Smell- I smell antifreeze spewing out of smashed cars. Touch- I feel my hands shaking. Taste- Doesn't really have anything to do with this story. Hear- I hear cars around me crashing into each other. So I call my husband and I say what do I do? He says GET OUT OF THERE! People can't stop. So I go to get back on the road and people are still sliding towards me! So I go back down into the weeds on the side. Then I go to get on again and ANOTHER car is sliding towards me! After avoiding that car, a semi that is going slow lets me in and I continue on my way home passing, as you can imagine, many many ambulances and fire trucks. Moral of the story... I'm an amazing driver... I'm probably up there with the nascar guys! And. If you live in Utah have a 4 wheel drive vehicle!
There ended up being 31 cars in the pile up but not me!

8 comments:

Matt and Jenni said...

WOW!!!! You are truly blessed to have come out of that situation unscathed!! Good job keeping your cool, even with adrenaline! Wow, I can't believe how lucky you were... I'm so glad!!

AndersonFamily3 said...

Wow Becky I'm glad you're safe!!! Rob and I were trying to get on the freeway that same day and it was completely shut down.

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Madi said...

Holy cow! Good thing your an awesome driver. I totally would have froze and probably rolled my car.....again lol. Hope everything and everyone ;) are doin good.

Shultzybabe said...

Whew. Good thing you are a good driver. Did you pee your pants? I would have for sure.

The Thatchers said...

Holy CRAP!! I'm glad you made it out ok!! My mom told me about the pile up...you witnessed it first hand!

*karen* said...

HOLY CATS! You are pretty lucky you didn't get hurt! I heard about that pile up, I can't believe you where in the middle of it! I hope you had merry christmas! Happy new year too! You should call me, I want to hear about the baby!

Doran & Jody said...

Whew!! You go girl. And who says women can't drive. In YO FaCe boys.

Glad you weren't hurt. We were diverted off the freeway just after the accident. We watched it from 89. What a yucky mess!!

Apryl said...

That must have been so scary. I'm really glad you're okay, if not a little shaken. You should be in Nascar! Your decorations are so cute!