Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey”. This holds especially true when driving down the open highway and encountering strange things. From odd, supernatural occurrences to dangerous situations, these Redditors recount their strangest and craziest moments while journeying on the road. Buckle up for a wild ride!

1. All Fired Up

I was driving between Melbourne and Albury very late one night on the Hume Freeway. That stretch is very wide, flat, and straight, so it’s boring and hypnotic, especially driving alone at night. It was the middle of summer, so I was surprised to see little wisps of fog whipping through my headlight beams. Then, the smell of burning plastic hit my nose, and I realized it was smoke.

Then suddenly, just ahead, I saw it. There was one other car on the road, and I could just see a tiny yellow light on the back, like a candle flame. Worried, I sped up to catch this guy, and by the time I reached him, his entire muffler was on fire. I flashed my lights and honked my horn, trying to get his attention.

Just as I drew up alongside him, I saw him turn to look at me.

Then a HUGE gout of orange flame burst out from under the car and licked across his driver’s side window. Needless to say, he pulled over in a big hurry, and I pulled over about 50 meters ahead of him. I jumped out from behind the wheel and sprinted back to him to make sure he was out of the car and safe. I went back to get my phone and called emergency services while running back to him.

It was less than a minute since he’d pulled over, and the entire car was a fireball. I asked if he was okay, and he said yeah, but his phone and wallet were both still inside the car. I let him use my phone to make some calls and gave him all the cash in my wallet, which wasn’t much. Once the firefighters and ambulance arrived, I finally continued on my way. I was WIDE awake for the rest of my drive.


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