Dicing with death

Source: Wikimedia

Source: Wikimedia

This morning’s driving encounter was noteworthy because it has been at least a week since I had last seen the withdrawal maneuver. Withdrawal maneuver? Can you guess what it is?

The withdrawal maneuver is when a ┬ádriver, having taken a turn off a road – typically a main road, or motorway (highway) – changes his mind. He no longer wants to take the turn. He wants to turn back time. But because he cannot turn back time, instead he reverses back up towards the main road he previously left.

It does not matter if there is a lot of traffic, or a little. It does not matter if there is a hard shoulder (emergency lane) or similar, or not. It does not matter if… basically, it does not matter. The withdrawal maneuver happens, regardless.

So, as I came off the main road on this morning’s trip to work, I was nearly killed by somebody doing the withdrawal maneuver. Obviously I survived. And I suppose I can relax a little, because based on past experience, it will be at least a few days before I face the same danger…