I've had a couple of 'palpitation' moments in the car.... the first was yesterday afternoon when I was driving home from the sea in bright sunshine. The sun was behind me and all the cars coming towards me were really bright in the sunlight. I don't know whether it was because I knew they were driving into the sun and couldn't see so well, or that fact that they were glaring bright, but I felt nervous for the first time in the week I've been driving.
The second time was today when I drove to the railway station at 7.50am, it's in the next town so there is a straightish stretch of road, which is a 50mph limit but most people go faster. I really didn't want to go over 40mph, and that didn't feel slow to me, but as it was relatively early and the road was quiet, I made myself speed up to 50. Yikes it felt so fast!! and then cars were coming towards me, and some of them were white... I really noticed the white ones.
I didn't get upset or have to stop, but I was conscious of being nervous and my heart rate rising, and feeling very aware of the feeling of speed, and the white cars but not so much of the dark coloured ones. And it was a relief when I could slow down again without thinking someone behind me was banging their steering wheel and shouting "It's not a bloody 40 limit on this road you stupid old bint!!!" And yes I have been the person shouting that, in the past.
One of the women in my class today was telling us how she had been badly shunted in her car yesterday, someone drove into the back of her quite hard. She said she couldn't believe how shocked she felt aftewards, and hadn't driven today but had got her husband to give her a lift, . And one of my friends said that about 7 years ago her husband was spun several times on the motorway in very wet conditions when a car clipped the corner of his. She said that even 7 years later, there was a noticeable change in his driving and just the way he 'was', when he drove now in similar conditions.
Mr H phoned me just as I'd started writing this so I was telling him about my 'moments'. He has mentioned to me before that since the crash he's felt as though the roads/carriageways are really narrow, and he has no space. He also notices far more what other drivers are doing and their position on the road. It's interesting how he has been affected slightly differently by being the passenger at the time. I suggested that maybe he has taken away a feeling of being crammed into the verge/trees as I inevitably hugged the side of the road just before the impact.
I think it's safe to say that our eyes take in far more than our minds consciously remember.