Black ice and your life flashes before you

Those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter will know that this morning I hit black ice and nearly crashed the car.  I must admit still feeling in shock and thought writing about it might help me get over the shock as I do finding writing things down very therapeutic.

This morning was like any other it was the first day this week that I had done the school run as I have been away with work and I was looking forward to it.  After the usual nagging on my part for the kids to get dress, have some breakfast.  On their part of fighting with one another and the dog deciding to join in the fun by running off with my son’s shoe we got to the school on time.

Walked round the village with one of the regular post mum walkers.  It was a beautiful crisp morning and it felt great to be back in my normal routine.

Into the car I went and thought as I made my way to Selkirk that I must have one of the nicest journeys to work and how lucky I was.  Then I made my mistake it was such a nice day I decided to take the Lindean road which I normally avoid when its frosty but it was such a beautiful day and its such a beautiful route to work I decided to take it anyway.  I had just passed a car and was descending down the hill when I hit black ice the car went out of control and all I could think was “I’m going to crash and there is nothing in the world that I can do.”

I know the theory of what you should do when you hit black ice but must admit my brain went dead as the car slid from side to side and I headed for the field beside the road.  I know I did try to stop but I don’t now know how.  All I know is that just as I thought I was going to crash the car the car stopped.  I gave a prayer of thanks then realised that I was still on the ice and would have to start the car again on the black ice.  Another prayer and I started the car again my hands shaking as I did so.  Thankfully the car moved forward and I very slowly completed the journey down the hill to the safety of the A7.

I know I am very very lucky and don’t take that I got out of this with no damage other than feeling rather fragile mentally lightly.  I have learnt an important lesson.  Firstly if it is below a certain temperature if I can stick to the main roads even if the b roads are more scenic and secondly it just seemed another normal day which just shows that you never know the minute that something happens and your life is changed forever.  I am lucky but it makes me think I need to live each day to the full as you never know the moment.  Please let my foolishness in going down a road that I knew could be ungritted be a lesson to others.  Life is too short anyway and I am sure like me you have many people who love you and would rather you took the longer route.

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About fionadranesblog

40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. www.brightlightmarketing.co.uk. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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