At 4:20am I disembarked from BA083 with over a 150 kilos of luggage... I knew I couldn't take all that stuff in a taxi even though I had taken a taxi to the airport on my way to the UK. I had called my best friend earlier to bring my car to the airport to pick me + luggage. About 100 kilos belonged to people who has sent me to help them get stuff. A normal taxi wouldn't have carried all that stuff.
At 5.20am I was done through security checks, headed towards my car, loaded the stuff and sat behind the driver's seat. It was the usual routine. Best friend picks me up from airport with my car, then I take the driving up from that point. I always find driving therapeutic. Anyway... I was going at the usual pace...we were chatting...it was misty....as we got to the motorway....my best friend screamed 'WATCH OUT' and I swerved/veered out of that lane immediately as I tried to dodge an álmost' stationary trailer and then the next thing I knew...I lost control, veered off the tarred road completely...and headed for a ditch...I don't know how it happened but I did not step on the brakes. It was me, the steering and my faith! The car stopped finally...tyres gone, part of the bumper gone... some electrical parts were dangling from the car...but we were all safe. No dent on the main body, not a crack on the windshield. Airbag in tact!
We were obviously shaken. It was still dark.... we tried to stop cars but no one would stop to help us. We waited until it was bright, while I called home for them to come get us. Anyway, long story short, some kind guy helped us change tyres before our people came...and i sat behind the wheel again and drove the cranky car home. ALL the way. I cried throughout yesterday when I realised the damage would cost me a bit of money...The car is almost new and the parts a bit pricey and my landlord just informed me he has upped my rent by 25% just this morning. I couldn't stop crying. I was depressed, my neck, chest and back hurt from the impact. Thank the good Lord for seat-belts.
I was watching telly today and a couple lost their only child. He tried to dodge a stationary vehicle but he lost control and it went bad... he didn't make it. So I say, I am privileged to be here today and I am eternally grateful to God. We, all 3 of us came out of the vehicle unharmed. Not a scratch. Its a big testimony and I am not taking it for granted. I feel so special and blessed. I don't know how long I will take cabs for but I am happy/lucky to be alive and well.