With all the time we spend in our cars, it just a matter of time before we witness something creepy, strange or just downright crazy. Drivers share their own insane experiences of the road, but we would love to hear if you have any stories to top these.
No Laughing Matter.
“On a long drive I accompanied my mom and we saw a man standing on the concrete divider. It was dark out and pouring rain. He was dressed as a jester, and it was on a stretch of poorly lit highway. She flinched and asked if I saw it; I said that I did and we watched as he walked slowly along the divider. She pulled over because she was freaking out so bad and he started doing weird stuff – cartwheels and handstands and stuff. Weirdest thing ever.”
“One of the strangest things I saw was just off the Trans-Canada. It was surprisingly dead on the road which was weird. I found a corner and see a pillar of smoke. I start to slow down and see that there is only one car off the ditch, fire blazing. I pull off the road and can’t see anyone. On the other side of the clearing is four or five black bears standing on their back legs. As I notice them they all begin roaring just crazily, like I intruded some sort of party or something. I back away back into my truck and watch as they calm down and continue to watch the fire. What the heck happened that morning I’ll never know. Bears are weird.”
Who Was In The Woods?
“I worked a pretty late shift one night, left the office around 2am. I live pretty far out in the woodland areas of the country. I was driving along through the fog and out of no where a kids rubber ball comes bouncing out in the middle of the road from the trees. I slammed on my brakes because I thought for sure a kid was bound to be chasing behind it. Never seen a soul step out. As I drive on I started thinking, what would a kid be doing out playing this late? Then I remembered, there were no houses around where this happened at. Someone HAD to have thrown it in the road. The height it came onto the road at and the way it bounced the wind simply didn’t blow it in front of me.”
“One night I was taking a nap in my truck when I was awoken by a barking dog. I tried to ignore it, but it carried on for several minutes and got louder as the dog got closer. Soon, it became apparent that the dog was right outside of my truck barking at me. It is important to note that the barking had been going on for a good 10 minutes at this point. I sat up and looked out my window. Standing there, mere inches on the other side of the glass was a man of about 35. And was barking at me. His eyes were crazy and he was frothing at the mouth a little. I reach down and started my truck and slowly pulled away. He chased me, much like you might expect an angry dog to do, barking all the while.“
Unsettling In The Fog.
“My uncle told me this story where he was driving to work really early in the morning. There was a bit of traffic so he was stopped behind another car. There was super heavy fog, so he could just see the backlights of the car in front of him. After following the car very slowly for while the car stops once more in the traffic. My uncle sits there and waits for about 20 minutes. The car still hasn’t moved. Eventually he gets out to see what’s the matter. He walks to the car and see’s the entire front of the car completely totaled. Inside was the dead driver.”
Unnerving Close Call.
“Back in the early/mid 1970’s my mother and I were on an offbeat road right out of Seattle. We saw a Beetle on the side of the road with their emergency flashers on and a guy with his arm in a sling waving us down. Mom rolled down her window and asked if she could help and the guy asked if she could help him get the last lug nut off his tire. So my mother introduces herself and he said ‘hello my name is Ted,’ smiled, then reached over and shook my hand. My mom said something about his smile really made her uncomfortable and then she noticed that he was missing the passenger seat in his car. So she rolls the window back up and said she would call a tow truck to come help him. She speeds away and while looking in her rearview mirror she sees him taking off the sling and getting back in the car and took off very fast in the opposite direction. So that’s the night at 6 years old I shook the hand of Ted Bundy.”
Don’t See That Everyday.
“So I’m way out in the boondocks past the white mountains when I see the most effed up and hilarious thing of my whole life. Up ahead was a small human on an old tricycle. I slowed down as to not hit them, and as I went by I had to rubberneck several times. It was what appeared to be a midget; had a beard, was dressed like an elf in medieval type clothes and a pointy hat. He was wearing dark glasses and was tapping along the road with a long wooden stick. So yeah, it was apparently a blind gnome on a tricycle.”
Can’t Believe Your Eyes.
“I worked as a night route driver for a medical courier service. It’s around 1am and I’m heading out to my last stop, a vet’s office out in the middle of nowhere. I get there, park, go around to the side of the building, collect the sample, head back to the car, and freeze as I see something rifling through the front seats through the open driver’s side window. I’m about to mess my pants when this thing stops, looks over at me, and then hauls it back into the woods. It had to have been a bear, but it ran on two feet. I know bears can walk bipedal, but some little part of me thinks I saw something else.”
Let The Expert Do His Thing.
“Was driving through the mountains of Colorado and passed another truck pulled to the shoulder on my way up. As I was heading down the mountain I saw the same truck I passed earlier FLY by me and his trailer brakes were on fire. I grabbed the mic and called out to him, ‘Hey Driver! Your brakes are on fire!’ This rough and weathered sounding voice comes back over the speaker and says, cool as a cucumber, “I know.” And he disappeared around a curve. I never saw any wrecked truck, emergency crews, or even mention of an accident over the radio. I did see a discarded fire extinguisher on the ground at the base of the mountain though.”
Trust Your Gut.
“I was driving when I see a car stopped sideways across both lanes, a suitcase open with clothes scattered everywhere and two bodies laying face down in the road. I stop a hundred feet or so away. Something seemed very wrong, it looked too perfect as if it were staged. I saw a line I could drive and passed the back of the car without hitting it or either of the bodies in the road. Once a ways away I looked into the rearview mirror and saw that the two bodies had gotten up to their knees and twenty or so people emerged from the tall grass on either side of the road. I will never know what would have happened to me had I gotten out of the car to check on the bodies or stopped my car closer to them. Somehow I do not think it would have been good.”
“My sis has a bad habit of falling asleep in cars. So on nights that she worked late I made her promise to call me and I’d talk to her until she got home. One night I’m on the phone with her and out of nowhere she starts screaming. She finally tells me there’s a girl covered in blood, crawling out of the ditch onto the road. She stops, jumps out of the car and runs to her, the phone falling out on the ground. I hear the girl start sobbing and telling her ‘oh god, not you not you I need help they’re coming back they’re coming back for me.’ She sees this truck pulling up and the girl goes crazy, pleading with my sis to run. Two very big men jump out of the car and start walking towards them making cat calling sounds. She grabs the girl, speeds off and is followed by this truck trying to run her off the road. They only pull away when she reaches a hospital. From the doctors, my sister learned that this girl was repeatedly assaulted and then tied up and dragged behind the truck.”
Jokes On Them.
“My uncle had a truck that had one of those maximum size sleepers on it with a built in toilet. The small tank was a pain to have to empty so frequently so he converted half of his passenger side diesel tank into a septic tank. Once he woke up and climbed out to see beside his truck something that makes him laugh every time he tells the story. On the right side of his truck was a 5 gallon jerry can, a siphon hose with one end in his tank and the other laying on the ground with a puddle of puke and some puke foot prints. A few feet away, a puddle of puke. Another few feet away another puddle of puke. Some dumb SOB tried to siphon his septic tank in the middle of the night.”
“I was a driver in Alaska and one morning a moose decided to run out into the road. Luckily I barely hit the moose in the butt and it runs away. Once at the warehouse I back up my trailer and I come out to about 20 people standing around my truck. Look at the moose guard on the front and there is a moose fetus tangled inside of it. Apparently when I hit the mother and forced to lose the baby.”
Those Aren’t Leaves.
“My mom is a trucker and she was driving when she saw what she thought was leaves blowing across the road in the distance. This puzzled her since there’s mostly pine trees in northern Arizona. When she finally got to the “leaves” she realized that they were migrating tarantulas, 1000’s of them. There were so many of them that her truck was sliding on their guts.”
Don’t Mess With Mother Nature.
“She also outran a tornado in the Midwest. She was about to pull over and take cover until she saw another big rig that was parked on the side of the road get tossed a couple hundred yards like a toy. She called me and told me that she thought she was going to die and wanted her last words to be ‘I love you.’ She pulled off the freeway and got to a Wal-Mart, where she ran into the basement to take shelter. After the tornado passed, they stepped out of the basement and into daylight, since the Wal-Mart was destroyed.”
That’s True Talent.
“My dad had a can of ether crack open behind his seat and spray onto the battery box, causing the interior of the truck to catch on fire while he was driving down the road. He downshifted and aimed the truck at an open field, then jumped out. He somehow managed to keep upright, doing the Olympic triple jump down the blacktop. He did eventually fall and got scraped up badly. But he got up, chased after his truck, opened a side hatch while running beside it, got his fire extinguisher, and put out the fire.”
“Driving home from a late shift I see an orange van on its side at the bottom of a hill and a woman standing in a wedding dress next to it. I slow down and see that she is covered in blood. As I slowly pass I take in her calm expression, her blood stained wedding dress, the under carriage of that orange van and pull over to the right slightly past the wreckage. Get out of my car, look back and nothing. There was nothing there but empty, dark road.”
Give Respect Where It’s Due.
“My dad was driving one night when he hears a loud thud. He pulls over and finds that he had hit a huge owl and it is was lodged in his grill but the owl is still alive. My dad decides to buckle up the owl in the passenger seat and at first the owl was unconscious but then my dad hears the seat belt move and turns to see one pissed owl staring at him. My dad now notices the talons on this owl, they could have easily tore him up. Yet the owl seemed content to stay put. So my dad just turns his head back to the road and they both have one awkward trip back. He pulled over at the next gas station and calls the police. After that my dad had a new found respect for owls.”
“I was passenger on a drive from Guatemala City to the west coast of the country. In this very small town, there was a big rig pulling two trailers. All of a sudden the truck stops. The next thing I see is the driver walking to the middle of the two trailers and dragging a woman he apparently hit to the side of the road and getting back in and driving off. Only he didn’t rush like he committed a crime, he walked as if it were just another day.”