^^ Ah ah great story
Btw, I just read the whole thread and found it interesting. Reminds me of 2 such occurrences in the past few days.
First occurrence, Monday, commuting to work, on the car pool lane (as I always do; cars can move into your lane only from one side). 2 cars in front of me, a bit slow. Traffic is pretty clear. Mirror check, blind check, preparing to pass them on the right. Reaching the right side rear bumper of the first car (the one directly in front of me), I instinctively brake and go back behind the first car without really knowing why. A split second later, the second car suddenly changes lane without signaling. That car would have pulled right into me.
Some would say I have a guardian angel. Some say spidey sense. I think my brain was faster than my conscience to realize that there WAS a tiny possibility of that car pulling at that exact moment and a quick fear made me go back.
Fear is a good thing. Fear is your instinct telling you "hey, you're not in control here, you don't know what could happen, stop this". I don't put myself in scary situations.
In that case, MSF classes and reading here imprinted in my mind to just never be in a situation where someone COULD technically come at you. I also experienced Murphy's law several times ("if something can go wrong, it will").
Second occurrence (well, not really) was on Saturday, as a passenger in my wife's car. At a T junction, she stops at our stop sign. A car comes from the left, with the right blinker on, slowing down. Totally looks like it's making a right into our street. My wife prepares to engage into the street the other car was coming from. But it didn't feel right. I touch her shoulder, say "no". She doesn't go. The car speeds up, doesn't turn, zooms right in front of us. We would have crashed. My wife looked at me like I was Gandalf. She said "how did you know?"... of course I didn't say "hmm, didn't feel right". Instead I went "DUH, don't pull in front of cars !". (seriously, Asian women drivers