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I Survived!

I Survived! - Annie Wheeler

All I can say right now is thank you to whoever it was that invented the vehicle restraint systems that get placed on motorways. I can hold them responsible for saving my life after what happened a couple of months ago.

In short, I lost control of my car while driving thanks to my tire blowing out! Honestly I thought I was a goner from the off but I was lucky because the motorway was pretty quiet when I was driving so I didn’t instantly end up crashing into any cars to the side of me. Instead, I managed to keep the car in a somewhat straight course while trying to make it slow down. I started skidding from slamming my brakes on and the car veered towards the vehicle restraint systems on the side of the road. I knew the collision was coming, but I couldn’t do a thing to stop it and there was traffic coming from the other side of the road.

Thankfully the vehicle restraint systems did their job and they did it really well. I didn’t realise this until I got back home from the hospital, but they are apparently specially designed to stop cars from careening over to the other side and into oncoming traffic. Instead, the car was almost redirected back on the road and I managed to slow it to a halt. Like I said, I’m just thankful that there wasn’t much in the way of traffic on my side of the road.

I seriously credit those vehicle restraint systems with saving my life. If they hadn’t been there I wouldn’t have been able to do a thing to stop my car from veering to the other side of the road and at the speed the cars were coming towards me there would have been no chance of anybody stopping once I got there.

As it stands I managed to escape with a few minor injuries and all of the doctors said I was really lucky. I know one thing for certain, I’ll be making sure to get my car checked out on a regular basis from now on to minimise the risk of something like this ever happening again. I’ve also got a renewed respect for the work that goes into building the motorway and the safety precautions that are put in place to prevent situations like mine from going out of control.

 

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