Driving at night can be worse than watching a horror movie, it can be like living in a horror movie. Our lives are not in our own hands more times than we might want to know.
Redditor u/SeeleInstrumentality wanted to know just how dangerous it is on the road at night and should we be worried for our lives by asking.... What is the scariest thing you've ever seen while driving at night?
A damn owl standing on the corpse of a large buck in the mountains at 3-5am. All you see as you approach are two glowing red orbs, then slowly a becomes huge dark form standing on the edge of the road with eyes of fire. Then you get close enough and this massive owl just gives you the death stare as you go past. You realize it was just a large owl standing on the remains of fresh road kill. Freaked me out for the rest of the dark part of the drive. cidiusgix
Driving down a 2 lane divided highway. I came up to a couple semis and went into the left lane to pass. I did a shoulder check to get back into the right lane when I saw headlights in front of me... in my lane. The car was going the wrong way.
I managed to swerve into the ditch, felt like i was mere centimeters from death.
Thought my wife's scream would be the last thing I ever hear... And I never want to hear it again. The semis I passed all pulled to the shoulder to come check on us. Didn't see the car anywhere.. I think they just kept going.
Had to pull into a gas station after and collect myself. trplOG
In his arms.
Someone I knew locally came across a jeep that had just crashed into the ditch on a highway at night, flipped on it's top, wheels still turning kind of thing.
He was the first on scene so called 911 and ran down into the ditch. The driver, who was badly mangled, had been tossed from the car and was dying. This guy held him and the driver died in his arms.
The weirdest part of it all was that he found out the next day that it was his cousin, but he hadn't been able to recognize him. Auto_Fac
I was following a grey Toyota Tundra in a massive blizzard through Montana on McDonald pass. He was going pretty quick most of the way but must have been unfamiliar with how steep the final few miles are. He got away from me as I slowed down to about 35.
Not 5 min later I passed his tire marks in the fresh snow that went off the side of the mountain. Pulled over and looked down to see his truck upside down and on fire about 300 yards down.
Called 911. He didn't die but was burnt up pretty bad. Sad and scary and don't go 50 in the snow just because you have a truck or 4wd!!! r34lsessattack
A foolish moron overtaking a petrol tanker around a blind corner, coming my way. Scared the crap out of me. xilog
Dad was driving at night, and I was looking out the window and saw two red pinpricks in the corn field, and it followed us. I told my dad about it and he said, in the most calm, casual tone for this situation:
"Those are cornfield demons. Stay in the car and you'll be okay."
Cue me freaking the heck out when he got out of the car not too long after to check a tire before getting back in.
I'm still not sure if that was an actual thing or if he was using a situation to his advantage to teach me to not do anything stupid like that at night. Either ways, it worked, and I STILL have no idea what those two pinpricks were. Pipermccloud
Head on a Stick!
I slammed the brakes once because I saw a deer in my peripheral vision. Upon closer inspection, it was a mounted deer head on a stick in the middle of the woods. Slammed the gas after I realized that. payton_planet
Might have been a set up by game wardens to catch illegal poachers at night. Reddit
I was fetching someone from his work place. Had to go through some fields, and some parts of the road were dark. I saw a thin, long object, wiggling at an upright position at the side if the road in front of me. Totally freaked me out. I thought I was finally experiencing something extraordinary.
As I got closer I realized it was a tail of a cow. It must've escaped from some field and was hanging around at the side of the road. The cow itself was black, the tail slightly lighter in color. That's why I only saw the tail moving first without seeing the whole cow first. runeofrose
A dead, butchered horse laying in the road. Someone had completely skinned and butchered a horse, took the choice pieces of meat, and just dumped it on the highway. I almost crashed into it. Reapingday15
Feel the Rumble.Giphy
I woke up in the drivers seat to the sound of rumble strips and the guard rail coming right at me. FinancialMammoth
Well that's why the rumble strips are there. LobsterSexMachine
I had just finished driving for Uber and was driving down the access road to my home around 3am when I saw a body lying completely lifeless next to one of those motorized scooters. I pulled over and flagged down his buddies who were drunk and kept going without realizing their friend was lying on the ground. Ambulance arrived and took the kid away, but I never came to find out if he made it. hehipg
Seeing through Me.
Not me but a friend. After dropping me off at my house around 2am, my friend calls me and tells me to pick my doors. He said he saw a man standing in the middle of the road and that as he passed him the man kept staring through him. Not at him really, but like their was something behind him in his back seat.
He also said he could barely make out anything about the man other than his large eyes and trench coat.
What really terrified me is that this happened on a street that only my family lives on and no one would have been out that night. Also we're a solid mile and a half from the nearest neighbor. Freaked me the hell out. TheCourtPeach
Walking at Night.Giphy
My friend and I were walking home at about 2 am one night about 15 years ago. We see this car going in the opposite direction, clearly going way past the speed limit. As he's passing us, we see him go up on the curb and hit someone walking on the opposite side walk, decapitating them.
This was before we had cell phones and everything was closed because it was such a tiny town. We ran as fast as we could to the nearest house (about 15-20mins away) and banged on their door until they opened it so we could call the cops. I still see it in my sleep sometimes. WetCottonCandy
As a Passenger.
3am on a lonely road and I was the passenger. An old man only wearing a bra, panties and high heals was casually walking down the road. My friend who was driving didn't believe me and went back around. Sure enough, he saw him and we were like wtf. yucatan36
The Mothman Prophecies.Giphy
I dropped my GF off the night we saw "The Mothman Prophecies." It wasn't a super scary movie, but it had some scares. I take the interstate home. On the way, there is a curve where there aren't any lights. Just a dark stretch of interstate.
As I came around the bend, there was a guy in a black trench coat walking along the side of the road.
As it was about 3am, I guess I started him. So, when my headlights hit him, he whipped around and I swear he stared me right in the eyes.
My heart jumped into my throat. The whole event lasted maybe 2 seconds tops, but it had my heart racing. Not paranormal, but definitely scary for me. CryoClone
A hitchhiker almost leaping out in front of my car on a dark forrest road late at night. The woman literally popped out of nowhere. Had to drift into the oncoming lane. Luckily there was no one else and painted median there. Read a police report that she ended up getting hit minutes after I drove by. She was intoxicated and running from the police. Pretty creepy. I hope she's alright. I can't imagine what the driver that hit her was thinking. BotherSquidwardDay15
Too much Blood.
I got off on my exit, and the whole road was covered in blood. I put on my brights and saw a bisected body of a large animal. It just made me so sad. hyacinths_
I was driving on the expressway around 2am and a semi hit a car and it went into the median. The car basically folded into itself and was beyond smashed. I can't imagine that person survived. It was incredibly sad and terrifying to see. oceanofsex
I was driving on a near empty freeway at midnight when I saw a weird flickering light on the freeway. It was super dark and barely any lights besides headlights so I slowed down a bit and merged a lane over. As I passed I got a good look and it was a car absolutely destroyed and on fire.
I was a little shocked and ended up driving a bit passed it before I really saw what it was and by the time I thought about pulling over it was already far behind me and a cop sped past me on the other side so I knew they were aware of what happened. gamageeknerd
That Dark Stretch of Highway.Giphy
I was driving home late one night and was driving on a dark stretch of the highway. Suddenly a body was in front of me, I tried to swerve out of the way but it was too late. My bumper was hanging on the ground.
The guy died. And I went to a nearby gas station not knowing what to do (was 18).
When the tow truck pulled my car up on to it, there were a bunch of blood and guts on the bottom. I couldn't get that image out of my head.
Apparently a drunk driver with 5 DWI's had hit a guy on the motorcycle prior.
For years after I had serious depression and thought about it every night before sleep. sexycalamari1