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A serious topic from me for once
A couple of months ago, I set off for the monthly meeting in Dunchurch to sort out the Mick n Phil Half Marathon. I've been driving for 20 years, never had any problems in a car, although I did have a nasty experience on a motobike donkeys years ago.
I got as far as junction 14 of the M1 with no problems. The weather was shitty and horrible, absolutely p*ssing with rain, and the visibility was not good. It's a very long way from junction 14 of the M1 to junction 15, and something happened on the way. I kind of got mesmerised by the unchanging view, and the world started to narrow, the way it does when you're going to pass out. I knew that if I pulled onto the hard shoulder, I'd never get off again, so I opened all the windows and sang loudly, kept going, came off at the next exit (eventually, it was a long time coming), phoned to say I wouldn't make the meeting and very, very slowly drove home again. I had to go back down the motorway because I was literally too scared to cross lanes to drive down the A road home again via Bedford. My heart was hammering the whole way, and I was in such a state that I was having to think consciously about every move when driving, from changing gear to which foot to put on which pedal. How I made it home without having an accident I'm not sure, as I was a serious mess.
This is so unlike me. I've tried motorway driving twice since then, and had a complete panic attack both times. This is going to seriously mess up my life if i don't get it sorted - any suggestions?