Flashback Friday…So, How’s Your Driving?


The topic today is all about driving!  Who couldn’t write a post on that one? Well, the truth is…there was a time in my life when I couldn’t have!  You see, I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was twenty-six years old, believe it or not!  I was a third generation “non-driver”–but I broke the chain!  It was one of the best things I’ve ever done!

I was involved in my first “accident” when I was 35.  It was raining, and the road was slippery.  I wouldn’t have been out in that weather, but my dad was having surgery that morning.  I was going about 45 when I hit a slick spot in the highway and lost control.  Fortunately, nobody was close around me, and I eventually went off the edge of the road, and hit a dirt embankment.  The mini van wasn’t damaged, with the exception of the tire which went flat.  My husband, also, had an accident within 45 minutes of mine!  He was on the way to pick me up after I’d had my accident!   He lost control of his vehicle on a slippery road,too, and slid into a ditch backwards– doing major damage to his little truck.  I don’t know how he wasn’t seriously injured, because the imprint of his back was left in the back of the truck seat!  Despite two traffic accidents within an hour, we still(barely) managed to get mama to the hospital to see daddy before he was taken back to surgery.

A few years later, had a “run-in” with a co-worker in the parking lot at school.  I was driving a Suburban, she was driving a mini van.  We both began to back out at the same time…I saw her and hit my brakes, but she didn’t see me, and hit the corner of my bumper with the back of her van.  It didn’t hurt my Suburban, but it made a large dent in the back of her van.  She was so upset, because she’d just gotten her van fixed from a previous accident!  She kept saying “My husband’s gonna’ kill me!”

Fortunately, I’ve never gotten a ticket, and neither has my husband.  He’s just lucky, cause he tends to speed sometimes.  His fast driving once got him involved in a one-car accident in the middle of the night.  Of course, he had a good reason to speed that night. 

Our daughter, who lived just down the dirt road from us (alone) at the time, called late one night and said she heard “something” outside–then the phone went dead.  The last thing I heard was my husband flooring the gas pedal, as he sped down the road to rescue our daughter!  He lost control of the car on the curve in our road,  the car rolled and ended up in the soybean field in front of our house–on its top.  Our youngest son, witnessed the accident from the sliding glass door of the kitchen, but wasn’t able to see much in the darkness, except “the lights going funny”.

I jumped in my car and drove down to the curve, where I could see the wheels of the car up in the air.  It was deathly quiet.  That’s the scariest I’ve ever felt in my life!  I waded through darkness, out into the dried soybeans and got down on my knees to peak inside of the car.  The top light of the car was burning, so I could see that nobody was inside…Now I was really scared!  I could hardly speak, but I managed to call my husband’s name.  No answer!  I couldn’t see a thing around me, and feared that the car was on top of my husband.

About that time, I saw car headlights approaching from down the road where our daughter lived.  It was my husband, driving her car!  Somehow, he’d managed to crawl through the busted back windshield of the wrecked car, run down the road, and see about our daughter–all while I was trying to see about him!  I’ve never been so relieved to see him in my life!!!

My husband suffered a broken shoulder,  his knee was chipped, and he had multiple lumps on his head, but he never missed a day of work.  In fact, he wouldn’t even let me take him to the ER that night.  He waited and got x-rays taken the next morning after he went to work at the hospital!  He’s funny like that, doesn’t like to be sick or injured…As for the car–it was a total loss, with no insurance other than liability, but it was only a car, and we all know those can be replaced.

Ed's car in the soybean field...

In case you’re wondering–we found no sign of an intruder at our daughter’s house.  We don’t know what or who was outside that night. The phone went dead because her cell phone battery died…One thing we do know, that was a night that we’ll all remember for a long time to come!

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  1. Oh my. What a scary night that was! So glad everyone was okay!

  2. Ohhh I am so glad your hubby was fine!! What a scary story, kind of like all your worst nightmares rolled into one with a good ending. I used to work in insurance and can’t tell you how many people who had full coverage would get mad when their car was totaled. When I would ask them if they walked away from the crash and they would say “yes” then I reminded them a car is kind of like a Kleenex, it did its job now its time for a new one. If it kept you safe that’s really all it needed to do. Have a great Friday, hope everyone is doing a little better now. 🙂

  3. Wow, Kathy! When you guys want to punish a car you do things up right. I am glad that Mom wasn’t in either of the cars you wrecked on the same day! 🙂

    I have only been in an upside down car once. The driver took me out for a ride in his ‘clunker,’ (well now it would be a classic but it really was a clunker back then) a 1939 Ford Coupe.

    We were going round and round on two wheels in a dried up salt link in Lincoln, Nebraska. The car went off balance and tipped over, very slowly, onto its side. We just pushed it up right and drove home.

  4. Your husband must have a very high tolerance for pain! OUCH!

    And that’s just crazy about you both having accidents within a short time of each other.

  5. That was quite a story! My kids didn’t get licenses until they were in college. We were living in England when they were teens so it sort of just worked out this way but I’m glad…I think 16 is too young to drive.

  6. But, he still made it to his daughter. Gotta love a dad like that!

  7. Wow, scarey stuff. I personally hate cars. I was in 2 accidents before I was 21. Both we not my fault. A lot of good that did for my bumps and bruises and my smashed up Camero. Give me a horse and buggy any time.

  8. What a frightful story. I am glad everything was ok.

  9. omgoodness…that would have scared me crazy

  10. What a scary story! And what a great Dad! My daughter was 18 before she got her license, just was not interested, did not care one way or the other. Thanks for sharing!
    until next time… nel

  11. I remember you telling this story before I think. Such a scare, but it’s good everyone was okay, relatively speaking.

  12. Oh my goodness! You have had some interesting car accident stories! I’m so glad that in each, you all were ok…and that your hubby was fine enough to get out of there…That is an awesome daddy! Even though he was hurting, he made sure to get to his little girl :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Thank you so much for stopping by :o) That is so neat to hear that you were on Broughton Street :o) …in fact after our day in downtown Savannah, my hubby and I decided to go to Oglethorpe mall to look for something and then we decided to eat at the Macaroni Grill that is there :o)

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