I'm the kind of person who will avoid driving at night or when it is dark outside whenever it is humanly possible, and I have my reasons.... it's dangerous! On one of my last trips up to New York, I decided to try something different; I decided that rather than get stuck in the traffic from all of the daytime drivers, I would leave at two o'clock on a Saturday morning because I thought that there would be significantly less traffic, thereby decreasing the number of hours I would have to spend on the road. It seemed like a perfect plan.
It was raining outside when I got up to leave. I wasn't worried. I had a Jeep and had driven through much worse weather...plus, I knew that I was an extremely safe driver. Because it was dark out and raining and the roads were (for the most part) empty, I decided to actually drive a mile or two under the posted speed limit as a precaution because there was a lot of standing water that wasn't as visible, and I didn't want to risk hydroplaning. Staying in the center lane on I-95, I had only been on the road for around two hours. The only other vehicles on the road at that point were a semi-tractor trailer truck that I had just let pass me on the right hand side and a small car that was behind me some distance away. I soon noticed that the tiny car behind me was driving very fast and was rapidly catching up with me. As it approached me from behind, the driver suddenly decided to get into the left lane beside me so that they could pass. Instinctively, something in me clicked, and I immediately slowed down so that I was no longer driving side by side with them. Well, no sooner had I slowed my speed down then the driver on my left hit a patch of standing water on the side of the road which caused him to lose control of his car. Because of how fast he was going, he actually flew across the very spot I had been in not only milliseconds before and continued across into the other lane where the truck was, hitting the truck before bouncing back across my lane and into the left lane where they stopped.
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