Yesterday was quite the day. It started with a trip to the emergency room for my mother-in-law. She is feeling better today but on our way home from the hospital, we almost got into a head-on car crash. It was one of those times where your adrenaline goes full on and time slows down.
People around here are notoriously bad for checking their smartphones while driving. In fact, right before our near miss, I noticed a bus driver pass us while checking his phone. Only a few moments later, we are traveling around 50 mph on a two-lane road with NO shoulder, when I notice a car coming at us drifting into our lane. At first, I didn’t react too quickly because drivers here like to ride on the center yellow divider.
But this time the car started coming into our lane like it was his lane. I slammed on the brakes, laid on my horn and put my 1994 Isuzu Trooper’s passenger side tires into the grass on a berm angling down into a ditch. The other driver did a last minute turn that I thought might flip his car and avoided hitting us. I pulled us out of the berm before we tipped over and realized we avoided a potentially fatal head-on collision.
My wife saw the whole thing and was just as in shock as I was. It was almost like the driver was playing chicken with us. But in the slow-motion of the event, I noticed it was just them checking their cell phone!
It is Semana Santa here in Costa Rica this week. Please wait until you get to your destination to check your phone.