Reflection: Thankful for God’s protection while driving

I decided to take some time to reflect on some past “close” car accidents after a recent one this past weekend. I just thought of others as I reflected on writing about this. I just want to encourage you to always pray for God’s protection (e.g. “armor of God“) daily-not just driving, but every time you start your day…

This past Monday (February 15th 2016) after visiting a friend in Wadena, I was driving back home and almost got hit while going down main street in a town called Parkers Prairie. I can still remember a vivid scene of this almost close accident. I was driving through town and this guy in a pick-up truck just ran through a stop sign and somehow didn’t see me. I could even see his face as he just stopped almost hitting me head-on (driver’s side-me). I swerved to my right to avoid him hitting me, but thankful that he stopped. Fortunately, the weather was very nice and road conditions weren’t icy.


“Pic was taken on my way to Wadnea”

After reflecting on this, I started to remember a near head-on-collision close to my hometown of St. Paul sometime in the summer of 2015 with my mom in the car. I was going north on Ruth St. over I-94 when a car was in my lane going head-on. Thank God, that particular drive swerved back to his own lane.

Deer Encounters:

I have had two encounters with hitting a deer , but never had any damages:

My first deer encounter was when I was coming back to Morris after visiting a friend in Wheaton, Minnesota many years go (2006?). I was driving 55mph (speed limit) at night and just clipped deer as I lightly touched my brakes as I saw it “last minute” jumping out of the ditch.

My second deer encounter was coming back to Morris on 59 (state highway) last year with almost similar “touch and go”.

Car Stalled

I had a loose battery in my car and finally got it fixed after getting stalled in the middle of I-94 (going back to Morris from St. Paul) in a hot summer of August of 2015. Fortunately, I was able to start my car after a quick adjustment of the positive wire. Luckily, it started right away during a 10mph bumper to bumper 2 lane only slow traffic. It was kind of embarrassing, but would laugh and grateful to God getting me of this situation safely.

Car Accident(s)

I’ve had to at least share one (“only”) car accidents…so far (God willingly..no more). My freshmen year in college, I was driving back to Morris during a winter storm with some friends. This was a time that we didn’t have any social networks of alerting us “no” school. I was driving back to UMM with some college friends. Interstate I-94 was pretty slipper and this semi truck was nearing my bumper going fast. Being a “rookie” driver (1st year driving), I was scared, so I pushed the accelerator to avoid this near semi-truck getting close and suddenly the car ahead of me pushed their brakes. To avoid a head on-collision of this vehicle’s bumper. I swerved to the right immediately avoiding this car’s back. However, I didn’t want to go to the ditch, so I swerved to the left back to traffic. Unfortunately, I hit this car’s side door and caused a dent (my car insurance went up after this 😦 ). I was thankful that the accident didn’t get as worse that it could’ve been (e.g. no one got hurt-“things can be replaced, but lives can’t”). After this accident, I’ve learned to not get stressed out when a big semi-truck driver is behind me or I just try to avoid getting close to them if possible. Sometimes, you can’t avoid certain situations, so I usually just trust in God with prayer as I listen to praise music on the radio during “challenging driving circumstances”.

-Fatal (Others) 😦

What Would You Say If Your Wife Was Ripped Away?
Article by Marshall Segal Topic: Death & Dying February 19, 2016 desiringgod.org

“..Nine short months later, now an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Monty Williams found out last week that his 44-year-old wife had been killed in a head-on car accident. The other driver was driving 92 mph (in a 40-miles-per-hour zone) when she crossed the center line and careened head-on into Ingrid Williams’s SUV. Three of their children were in the car with her; each survived with serious injuries…”

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Driving Stories: Almost hit a deer…again!

Early this past weekend (“Friday the 13th” November of 2015), I almost hit a deer..again! I was driving south on a county road from Kensington to Cyrus coming back from visiting a friend in Wadena. I usually drive the speed limit (exactly) at night because it’s darker and it’s deer season. I’ve learned in the past during the deer season (I almost a hit a deer that just came out of the ditch going to Morris from Wheaton, Minnesota. I was driving the speed limit too and just nicked the leg as it crossed safely the highway as I tapped on my brakes gently and keep going.) to be more cautious than usual because it’s that time of the year where more deer are running around.

Ironically, I was sharing this past deer story with some folks at Wadena when a friend brought the story up. Some folks present shared to be extra cautious with the abundance of deer by their home in Wadena when going “home”.

As I was driving this county highway towards Cyrus, this deer was about to cross the highway. I slowly moved to my left crossing the median (no cars coming) as I lightly tapped my brakes. The deer decided to just galloped parallel with me driving south on this highway instead of crossing. I was like, “wow, I never seen the deer do that maneuver before”. I thank my Heavenly Father for sparing my car from getting damage as I’ve heard many stories of those that haven’t been fortunate 🙂

Defensive Driving Tips:

Avoiding Deer on the Road: Car Expert Lauren Fix – YouTube

How To Avoid Deer Vehicle Collisions – Steps to take to … – YouTube

MYTH #1: Always swerve to avoid hitting a deer. Actually, police statistics show that most motorist deaths and injuries occur when drivers swerve to avoid hitting the deer and strike a fixed object, such as a tree or another vehicle. It may seem powerless, but simply applying your brakes while you’re buckled up, gripping the steering wheel with both hands, and coming to a controlled stop (if possible) can actually help minimize damage and injuries. MYTH #2: Motorcyclists are not as likely to strike a deer. In fact, motorcyclists are more vulnerable to death or injury in motorcycle-deer crashes. More than 80 percent of all motorcycle-deer crashes involve an injury. MYTH #3: Deer are usually out at dusk. In addition to dusk, you should watch for deer during their prime feeding times; especially at dawn and the first few hours of darkness. Myth #4 – Hunting reduce Deer Vehicle Accident ABSOLUTELY NOT in fact hunting makes deer vehicle accident worse (see last portion below and link) Here are some other tips Allstate recommends: — Be especially cautious when driving on two-lane roads and rural roads. — If you see one deer cross, slow down and watch for others to follow. — Glance continually from the road to the roadside, looking for movement where roads are bordered by fields or natural habitat. — Heed deer crossing signs and reduce speed in deer “hot spots.” — At night, watch for reflection from headlights in the eyes of deer. — If a deer “freezes” in your headlights, turn your lights off and then on. For more information on this and other safety topics, visit http://www.allstate.com.

Car hits animal and how to prevent a car accident – YouTube

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Defensive Driving Stories

When driving, do you think about the people close to you or the people around you? I think this is a perspective all drivers need when behind that wheel…

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  • Top 10 Driving Distractions Involved in Fatal Car Crashes
    April 4, 2013 claimsjournal.com
  • “Of the more than 65,000 people killed in car crashes over the past two years, one in 10 were in crashes where at least one of the drivers was distracted. That’s according to police report data analyzed by Erie Insurance in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a nationwide census of fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration….

  • Police To Crack Down On Distracted Drivers

    April 14, 2015 8:11 AM minnesota.cbslocal.com

  • “MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Police across Minnesota are stepping up enforcement this week against distracted drivers.

    The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said most accidents are caused by drivers using cellphones, GPS navigation, music controls or eating and drinking.

    While it’s legal for most drivers to talk on the phone while driving, it’s against the law to use the Internet or send texts or tweets, even if stopped at a light or stop sign.

    The state estimates there were 3,200 texting-while-driving citations issued last year

    Fines can range from $125 to $145 depending on the county. “

  • The 6 Most Common Causes of Automobile Crashes
    by http://www.SixWise.com
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    Environmental Challenges

    Work Zones

    Driving Through Road Construction – YouTube

    Traffic Conditions

    -Deer
    *see Driving Stories: Almost hit a deer…again! goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

    What to do if you see a deer while driving – YouTube

    Passenger killed after SUV hits deer in east metro kare11.com

    “…The Minnesota State Patrol says 56-year-old Jody Rae Bergsgaard died around 5:30 p.m. on Highway 36 and Edgerton in Maplewood after the vehicle hit the deer, careened across both lanes of the highway and crashed into a ditch..”

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