Frazzled…

That was one of the scarier drives home I have experienced.

I was babysitting my cousins tonight. They live in Warman, which is a 15 minute drive from Saskatoon. The weather forecast was not looking good; there was a chance of freezing rain and the possibility of snow/rain later on in the evening. Plus, the wind was howling, creating the possibility of drifts.

The drive out was fine. No problem. The drive home was another story.

Seeing no rain or ice on my car I assumed the drive would be fine. I settled into my car, turned on the radio and happily drove off. I turned onto the highway. I tested the pavement to see if it was icy at all – no problem. I started to speed up and I began swerving. It was as if I was in a bumper car. I was sure I was going to hit the ditch; it was only a matter of time. But I eventually got the car under control, and after catching my breath, continued home.

The roads weren’t great. There were drifts everywhere and in a few places the wind was blowing so hard I could hardly see the road. Once I got into the city everything was better. I skidded while trying to turn onto my street from Clarence, but other than that, the rest of the ride was without incident.

I can’t get over the feeling of the car swerving, though. I wasn’t going very fast at the time. The only thing I can think is that I caught a bit of ice with my tires, and a gust of wind caused the car to swerve. It was the oddest thing. I’m still a bit shaken.

Now that I’ve written down what happened and my essays are printed, I think I can go to sleep. But I’m taking the bus to school tomorrow. I need a break from driving…

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