I commute every day on I-95, the most travelled highway in Connecticut. I was in the middle lane, trundling along at 60-65 mph, and the traffic ahead reduced their speed due to congestion (right around Westport). I hit my brakes and slowed my car down to a crawl. In my peripheral vision, I could see the other cars to my left (in the passing lane) do the same thing. Suddenly, an executive (he was wearing a suit) in a black Mercedes sedan moving 25-30 mph slams into the first of the cars on my left and begins a domino effect with four other cars.
It was like watching a movie.
No one was hurt — just shaken up. But it occurred to me that the Mercedes never hit their brakes — so they didn't see or anticipate hitting the car in front of them. The real question is: What were they doing instead of driving?
Texting? Changing the radio station? Talking on their phone? Reading the newspaper (I've seen this before)? Worrying about work? Worrying about his family? Marriage? He certainly was not concentrating on his driving. And that ruined at least five people's Tuesday.
We tend to get distracted often — based on inconsequential things. Nothing was more important at that moment than that driver operating his car. NOTHING.
How many times do you get distracted by the inconsequential? Pay attention — you'll go places. And not to the body shop.