posted on Jan, 4 2010 @ 12:57 PM
For as long as I've been driving, I've had this problem. It doesn't happen every time, but it happens enough that I get the willies just
thinking about it. I've talked to a few friends who admit it happens to them as well, but thought I might get some answers here. I've looked
online and could find nothing of consequence concerning this phenomenon (for lack of a better word).
It always occurs when I'm alone in my car, at night, usually driving in a fairly deserted area. Sometimes its in a city, with streetlights and
buildings but little traffic, sometimes in a more rural setting.
I'll be driving down the road, singing to the radio, contemplating my navel, or composing wonderfully enlightening ATS threads in my mind when
I'll suddenly get the overwhelming feeling that.....something.....is in the back seat of my car and watching me. Occassionally the feeling will be
accompanied by a smell (either the smell of cigarettes, and I don't smoke, or a smell like something rotting). I get the sense that whatever it is,
its very malevolent.
It's an absolutely horrible feeling. I break out in a sweat, my skin goes clammy, the hair on the back of my neck stands up, and I just feel
terrified. I don't even want to glance in the rearview mirror for fear I'll see....it.
When this happens, I've tried lots of different things. I've made myself look in the mirror to see that nothing is ever there. I've pulled
over on the side of the road and physically searched my car. I've turned on the radio, said prayers, chanted "You're not really there, blah
blah," called friends on the cell phone, etc. Nothing seems to make the feeling go away once its there. Eventually the feeling does leave, but not
in response to my actions.
It's not a panic attack. I do occassionaly have panic attacks, I know what they are like, and this is different. I'm able to function fine,
can continue driving or talking on the phone, but just feel as if I have a big bullseye painted between my shoulder blades and something is
Sometimes it happens when I'm by myself at home (or just up late and everyone else is in bed), but normally its in the car.
Has anyone else ever experienced this? Any ideas or suggestions?