Something thoroughly terrifying happened to me on the road a week or so ago. I pride myself as being a safe driver, but now I'm not so sure.
I was driving along on my way back from a job when I took a medium-sized roundabout perhaps a little too fast.
Before I knew it my van had spun round on itself and I was left stationary on the roundabout, in shock, facing the wrong direction.
Thankfully there wasn't anyone else around so I avoided suffering a crash and losing the no-claims discount on my business van insurance, but I can tell you I felt pretty shaken nonetheless.
Carefully manoeuvring my van so that I was facing the right direction and could continue my journey, I noticed that the road I'd entered the roundabout from had a stripe of wet mud across it.
I believe that what happened is that a lorry had parked up on the grass verge, and then dragged mud out onto the road when it had left.
So, in a way my almost-accident was the lorry driver's fault – but in reality I have to take the full blame. If I'd been paying proper attention to the road ahead I would have seen the mud, or at the very least I would have reacted quickly enough to right myself before my van spun round.
From now on I'm going to make sure I'm back in the driving zone before making my way home after work!