No more road trips!
There is literally nothing scarier than driving down a dark road, up a secluded highway, or through the middle of no where; it is the basis of about 75% scary movies. (That may not be a real statistic, but I will not take it back.) Movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, The Hills Have Eyes, and Jeepers Creepers strike a little (or a lot) of fear in anyone considering a road trip.
While road-horror movies may keep you from dozens of all-American road trips, they have taught the human race three things:
- Don’t try to run away and look behind you at the same time; that’s how you fall.
- The pretty people always die first.
- If you live to tell the tale of a scary experience, tell it.
These Reddit users where asked to tell the creepiest thing they’d seen while driving, so they told it.
Women in White
I work nights and one day I forgot my lunch at home. I didn’t have money to spend so I decided to go home on my lunch hour and eat my sandwich on the way back. I was in a hurry so I took the back roads. At about half way there as I was speeding and noticed a woman in a white night dress without shoes standing in the road in the other lane. I slowed down as I passed her thinking she was probably drunk and didn’t want her to jump out in front of me or anything like that. It wasn’t till later as I was on my way back that I started to think how odd it was. Why would someone be in the middle of the road in their bare feet at 2:30am? But I just reassure myself that the woman was probably just drunk. (ZellRyu25)
Women in White: Part 2
I had the graveyard shift years ago and was driving home through the deserted city, which was blanketed by an uncharacteristically thick fog. I was taking it extra slow because I was tired, when this unkempt woman with long grey hair, bare feet and a white gown floated out of the fog on the other side of the road. As I passed her, she stared at me and made this strange motion with her forefingers waving in front of her lips. I’m like, fuck off ghost witch, I just pulled a ten hour shift and I want breakfast and bed pronto.
It was only when I got home that I put two and two together and realised that she was probably on the hop from some kind of inpatient scheme, and wanted a cigarette. By that time it was building into rush hour, so I figured that even if my hunch was right, it was better that someone else who’d seen her sooner called the cops. (marmalade)
Women in White: Part 3 &4
Lenoir city, Tennessee, about 5 years ago on a highway next to a sausage plant. Driving home at about 2 AM from a friend’s house. No lights on the highway, I hit a long downslope section of the highway and start to see something in the distance. I get up close and shit my pants. There is a woman in a dress directly in front of me absolutely hauling ass down this hill in roller skates, fucking backwards. No fucks given about where she was going. It was absolutely pitch black out and when I passed her she didn’t even acknowledge me. To this day I have no fucking clue what was going on. (ChickenLover69)
I have a similar story from Tennessee. In a suburb just outside of Nashville where I grew up, I used to take a shortcut from a busy road to my friends house near a lake. This shortcut was probably only four miles long or so and was peppered with houses and play farms along the way. Every so often I would drive this stretch of road late at night (12-2 am). I would often see a small girl in a white dress with long blonde hair swinging on a wooden swing in the middle of the night. Like clockwork, if I was driving by this house very late, she would be in the front yard swinging. For whatever reason, my underdeveloped pre-frontal cortex, high school self thought this somewhat normal and never checked it out further. I will always wonder if I was witnessing a apparition or a girl who just loved to swing. (lampshade4ever)