Yesterday I had a close call—almost collided with another car less than one block from my home. I turned onto Castano Drive and then began turning left onto our street, Castano Way.
That’s a “blind turn” intersection. A steep hill prevents a driver from having a full view of oncoming traffic until reaching the top, so one needs to wait a few seconds before turning left. Foolishly, I didn’t do that, and suddenly, a car was right there! I slammed on my brakes and he swerved to the right. We both stopped within inches of each other.
I caught my breath and rolled down my window.
“That was close,” he said. He didn’t sound angry, only relieved.
“I know. I’m sorry!”
He shook his head.
I backed up my car, and we both proceeded on our way. When I pulled into my garage, I was almost crying.
Why didn’t I stop before making that turn? That was crazy! We don’t have much traffic on that street, so I’d become careless. But I won’t forget this incident. From now on, I will pay close attention there. And better yet, I’ll continue around a curve to another entrance to our street where the view is much better and I can turn left safely.
Many of us have had close calls like this. A mental lapse or distraction leads to a near accident, and it frightens us. We can’t believe we could do something so dumb! But we’re all human. None of us is infallible. We need to realize that and vow to “keep our wits about us” as much as we can.