I will freely admit that I am a paranoid passenger. I hate to drive, but as Kyle would tell you, I can get antsy and dramatic when sitting in the passenger seat. The best thing for the driver is for me to mess around on my phone, take care of the baby or read. I just do better when I don’t pay attention to the road when I am not driving. Usually when Kyle and I go out he drives and I make myself busy, but when I am out with friends and I am not the driver I try my hardest to silence my inner-paranoid.
Kyle was home and free so Nicole and I went out without Reece today. It was so strange to load up in the passenger seat -she drove since we didn’t have a need for the car seat- and go without my little noisemaker. I don’t want to be on my phone when out with friends, so the best option is to keep up conversation. Nicole and I BS’ed like only we can and I stayed sweat-free. Nearing our destination, we came up to a few traffic cones but nothing that would interfere with where we needed to turn. Nicole merged into the lane we needed after the cones ended and started the turn to get into the Target parking lot. As we tried to cross the side access road to get into the parking lot a UPS truck came pummeling down, nearly T-boning us on my side! Nicole slammed on her brakes and he slammed on his. Where both vehicles stopped he was just feet from her truck. He should have had a stop sign but it was mysteriously missing. We continued into the parking lot and both Nicole and I breathed a sigh of relief.
We joked after parking that this little incident could have pushed me into labor. I was happy I didn’t wet may pants! It’s not like he was driving a little two-door car, it was a full size UPS box truck. It would have done some serious damage to Nicole’s truck, myself and Nicole. He was chugging right along too with what seemed like no intention of stopping. She did nothing wrong and had the right of way but without Nicole’s great defensive driving and the sense of this UPS man to slam on his brakes when he did, it could have ended in an ugly mess.
It is crazy how something so sudden can change so much. What if he hit us? I am so close to meeting my little girl and she could have easily been taken away from me because of a missing stop sign. I know that is thinking ‘worse case scenario’ but that is what really ran through my head as Nicole and I were face to face with the grill of a UPS truck. I am probably blowing this way out of proportion but as I admitted at the top of this post, I am a paranoid passenger.