Slice of Life Story: Close Call

Mr. Quirk, my high school driving instructor, told me that many accidents happen in parking lots since people aren’t paying attention. For that reason, I’ve always been sure to be extra-alert whenever I enter a parking lot since I’m assuming the other people aren’t as focused as I am.

When I pulled into the parking lot in Warwick today, I quickly realized it had more signs than a typical parking lot. Therefore, I made a careful effort to be exceedingly cautious as I wound my car around each one-way lane and turn. I was going straight on the road next to the building when a gray car rolled right in front of me. I slammed on my brakes and honked my horn. The woman who was driving hit her brakes, looked and me apologetically and mouthed, “I’m so sorry.” She shook her head (at herself I guess), took a deep breath and then made a left turn out of her lane.

Thank goodness I was alert… if I weren’t, there’s no doubt that we would have crashed into each other, albeit at a low speed. It’s an understatement for me to say this, but that would NOT have been great!