Early this week, I took a 1,200-mile road trip with my dog Clarence. I came within a breath of losing my life and taking Clarence with me. Please read this post so that you can save your life…
Distracted by the Cell Phone
Not a particular fan of cell phones, I was using Google Maps to find my way to my final destination in rural Indiana. No doubt due to my own ignorance, I got turned around once trying to follow the directions. With that faux pas behind me, I was paying more attention to the map. I placed the phone on the dashboard of my Ford Escape, but I had to pick it up to read it. I had to be careful picking it up because more than once, I activated a button or app because I mishandled it. That, in turn, caused more confusion as I had to find my way back to the map.
Within 10 miles of my final destination, as I traveled down a two-lane road, the phone rang. Typically, as I picked it up, I hit the wrong button and found myself searching for a way to answer the phone.
My guardian angel was with me. I glanced up to find myself in the oncoming lane on a collision course with another vehicle no doubt traveling 55mph like I was. We both swerved violently to avoid the imminent head-on collision that I am certain would not have left survivors. I glanced in my rearview mirror and offered the first of many prayers of thanks, this one for the occupants of the other vehicle who – undoubtedly as frightened and scared as I was – had escaped and were back in their lane moving safely on.
I do not exaggerate when I say I avoided the collision within a single breath. It was that close.
Saved by My Guardian Angel
I learned a major lesson that day at that moment. I share it with you in the hope that you will never experience what I did because you were distracted by your cell phone. I am most ashamed of the fear I instilled in the occupants of the other vehicle.
After staring at the ‘driver mode’ app on my phone, I have finally activated it. I suggest that you do the same. No text and no phone call is too important to risk your life or someone else’s life on. I hope this post can help you to save your life by avoiding the situation I found myself in.
When I thank God, I am not using the words as a figure of speech. I mean it as I say it. He has wizened me through the experience and I am blessed to be paired with a guardian angel who takes his job very seriously.