Spinning Out of Control

The icy road caused havoc, as a late-spring cold front coated it in a layer of black ice.  The freak storm made the roads turn deadly in a matter of minutes and before he knew it, Jason was driving on a highway to hell.  His back wheels started sliding on the ice in these treacherous conditions and he saw a multicar pileup just ahead of him on the road.  He realized that this was a chain reaction crash, and he knew that once these things start, that it is impossible to avoid further collisions.  He also knew that these events are caused by drivers following each other too closely.  He left plenty of room in front of him and when his wheels slipped on the ice, he took his foot off of the accelerator and steered his vehicle gently into the direction of the skid, without applying his brakes.  Once he was able to get his car under control, he flipped on his flashers to warn the drivers behind him.  He was able to stop in time without smashing into the cars ahead of him.  Jason was used to snow and ice, because he grew up in Wisconsin and he did everything right.  He felt a moment of relief being able to stop in time, but the idiot behind him smashed into the back of his car.

Written for Sadje at Keep It Alive What Do You See #128.

18 thoughts on “Spinning Out of Control

  1. Great story and ending. I actually had that happen to me in a tunnel decades ago. I was so relieved to stop in time after an accident started a chain reaction but looked in the rear view mirror to see a van plowing into me.

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  2. when his wheels slipped on the ice, he took his foot off of the accelerator and steered his vehicle gently into the direction of the skid, without applying his brakes

    I grew up in NJ, and I learned that too! 😀

    Well written, Jim!

    Sincerely,
    David

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