"How I escaped the rear crash I could not have survived."
A true story, told in her own words by a Young Drivers Graduate.
1 – Truck changes lanes without signalling.
2 – Car ahead of me rear-ends truck.
3 – Seeing the tailgater behind me, I steer into the open lane.
4 – Tailgater rear-ends car/truck collision.
* My escape route.
"Driving on the highway a few months ago, I had a tailgater behind me.
I saw a transport truck suddenly move in front of the car ahead of me, without signalling.
The brakes slammed on, and I began to slam on my own, until I reflexively looked into the rear view mirror, and saw that I would get hit if I didn't get out of the lane very, very fast.
I took my foot off the brake and swerved into the outside lane, just as the car in front of me smashed into the truck.
Then I heard the car that had been behind me go crunching into the first car.
Although I was badly shaken, I realized that I had actually done the whole sequence before at Young Drivers, only now I wasn't dealing with pylons…the instructors were right about not having time to think!
I know that without YD training, I would just have left my foot on the brake, and not thought of steering around the problem.
From what I saw later, I would have made a pretty flat sandwich between the tailgater and the car/truck combination. There was no way I would have survived.
All in all, the cost of my Young Drivers lessons had just been more than compensated for that day!"