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This article was published 12/08/2019 (1270 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

There comes a time in almost everyone’s life when they realize that a single moment could change everything.

I recently visited a close friend in the hospital who had been in a serious motor vehicle collision. A driver’s split-second moment of inattention and she will now be in hospital for at least a month, with many months of painful out-patient physiotherapy to follow.

She can’t work, drive, or run and play with her young daughter. It was a moment that changed everything but she knows it could have been a lot worse and feels blessed to still be around to watch her daughter grow up.

A couple of days before my friend’s accident, my daughter and I were planning on visiting a couple garage sales. As I turned the corner from my house, I discovered that the street was blocked by cars stopped at a garage sale at the end of my block. I’m still not sure how it happened, only that I was caught unawares and feeling somewhat frazzled but I pulled into a neighbour’s driveway to turn around and go the other way when — BAM! — I backed up right into a parked car.

At the relatively low speed we were going, my daughter and I weren’t hurt and the woman whose car I hit was most gracious and understanding about the incident.

But she and her friend were only feet away from the car when it happened, and there were lots of other people coming and going from the garage sale, so this accident could have been worse. A whole lot worse.

All because I wasn’t careful enough when checking my surroundings.

I was very fortunate. My accident resulted in having to pay a deductible for repairs, a loss of driving merit points, and the inconvenience to the owner of the other vehicle. As terrible as my friend’s accident was, she knows she’s lucky to be alive.

A single moment can change your life or someone else’s life forever. So next time you’re behind the wheel, even before you start the ignition, take a deep breath and remember that your vehicle is more than just a mode of transportation. It’s also several thousand pounds of deadly force.

Let’s all remember to drive with care.

Heather Innis is a community correspondent for Windsor Park. You can contact her at htiede@gmail.com

Heather Innis

Heather Innis
Windsor Park community correspondent

Heather Innis is a community correspondent for Windsor Park.

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