How do I start off a story by saying that getting into two car accidents with my best friend wasn’t the worst thing to ever happen?!
Okay, let me backtrack here.
I road tripped to Canada for the last two years for New Years. From where I live, the trip is roughly 6-8 hours. So, really not that long, but a lot can happen in those few hours.
The first time around it was just one of my best friends and I. Everything was going just jolly up until we got a notification on maps asking if we want to save 5 minutes by changing the directions. Obviously, we were like “heck yeah we do.” As we were going around the bend of the exit, in the blink of an eye the car hydroplaned and we nose dove into the snow bank on the side of the road. The back tires on the car were lifted so reversing out was not an option. We were stuck.
It didn’t take long for people to pull over to see what happened. The couple was super helpful and was doing everything in their power to help us get out but it just wasn’t working. We needed to be pulled out by another car. The wait for a tow would of been around an hour wait, which in the Canadian cold, sounded horrific.
We really were blessed when a man in a pick up truck pulled up. Speaking only French, thank god the other man trying to help spoke French (we did not). He had a rope. He hooked us up and backed us out of the snow pile. All of our faith in humanity was restored after that, but our faith in our driving skills were not.
Finally we made it into Quebec City, feeling unstoppable… until I turned the wrong way down a one way. As I tried turning around, the car got stuck on the curb that was covered with snow and yet again, we were stuck. I started losing it. Thank god my best friend and I are total opposites, because somehow she stayed calm and we got the car out.
After that we just didn’t drive again until the day we left. It was scary to be in those situations but somehow they made us more grateful for each other and helped us appreciate all the good moments we had on that trip together.
The second time around we did it right. We took a car that could handle the snow better and did not push any limits. We drove slowly, and now we always say no to saving 5 minutes.