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People Reveal The Creepiest Things That Happened To Them On Road Trips

Updated April 21, 2021 3.8k votes 802 voters 34.1k views10 items

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Few things are creepier than traveling down a dark and unfamiliar road on your own. With nothing lighting the way but a pair of headlights, it's easy to imagine what could be hiding just beyond their reach.

Countless road-trippers and long-distance drivers have experienced creepy occurrences while out on the road at night. Some of them took to Reddit to detail the moments that stuck with them the longest and bothered them the most.

  • 1

    Someone Saw A Person Watching Them From The Woods

    From a former Redditor:

    When I was younger, my family and I went on a road trip to Wyoming to see Yellowstone National Park. It's a beautiful place, and if you haven't seen it yet, I recommend it. Anyways, so from our home in California, it was about a 17-hour drive in our Yukon XL. It took us several days worth of on-and-off driving to get there, and during the nights, we would try to find a little motel to rest at.

    One of the nights, due to us being behind schedule, my dad attempted to drive through the night to get us there sooner. He made it probably into the wee hours of the night before he deemed it unsafe and parked us in this little unlit rest stop in the middle of the woods in some fly-over state. My brothers and I had fallen asleep in the car several hours before he'd stopped, so for at least a couple hours, we were all sleeping in the car in this dark, little parking lot surrounded by forest. Having got a couple hours of sleep and being in a pretty uncomfortable position, I woke up in the middle of the night - pretty disoriented but not really scared.

    I looked around and saw everyone fast asleep in this pitch black car, and naturally I felt pretty alone. I tried to fall back asleep, but it just wasn't working out, so I just sat there for a while, boredom setting in. Looking out the window to see where we were, it was pitch-black, so I couldn't see jack sh*t.

    Luckily, I wasn't the type to pack light and had brought a couple flashlights in my bag. Being careful not to disturb my sleeping family, I reached into the backseat, unzipped my bag, and pulled out a little plastic, yellow flashlight. It wasn't the brightest but it was enough to see the foreground of the general surroundings. I put it up to the glass, making sure not to make any noise, and pushed the little switch into the on position. I pressed my face against the glass and looked out. At first, it looked like a normal tree line with some bushes, trees, whatever... but as I scanned the darkness, looking for animals, buildings, etc., I noticed this dark shape standing between these two trees in the distance. It looked like the shape of a man, but it wasn't moving. Just sitting there.

    After watching it for a good while and seeing no real signs of movement, I just assumed it was a bush or some kind of natural occurrence. Just as I was about to turn the light off and reattempt sleep, I saw this shadow shape turn 90 degrees and move behind a tree, disappearing from sight. This scared the sh*t out of me, and I immediately turned off the flashlight and threw my sweater-turned-blanket over my head, shut my eyes tightly, and covered my ears. I was paralyzed with fear and, too full of adrenaline to get any sleep, sat in this semi-fetal position, clutching my flashlight, for the rest of the night.

    I waited until the sun came up and we were back on the road before I got any sleep. I didn't tell anybody about the man I saw in the woods.

    Does this make you want to stay home?
  • 2

    Someone Was Followed By A Truck For Hours

    From Redditor /u/sackofmangoes:

    Back in college, I was driving home one late night - a two-hour drive. I noticed this truck with round-shaped headlights following me on the freeway. Just thought we happened to be going the same way.

    Each freeway change, it was still following me. 50 miles later, it was still following me - staying behind me at a constant speed and good distance. I got a bit agitated.

    Two hours later, I finally reached my exit to my hometown, and it exited. I knew something was up. I instantly pulled into a 24-hour McDonald's drive-thru to see if it followed me still. It followed me into the parking lot and, realizing I pulled in line to a drive-thru, it U-turned and drove off.

    When I left the McDonald's parking lot, I was paranoid that the truck was just waiting around the corner to re-follow me again. Luckily, it never reappeared. So I went home. To this day, I'm still not sure what its deal was.

    Does this make you want to stay home?
  • 3

    A Couple Said They Were Nearly Hit By A Ghost Truck

    From Redditor /u/Testing_The_Theory:

    We were leaving a wedding we had attended that was held about three hours from home. My boyfriend had stayed sober in order to drive us home; I was pretty drunk.

    As we were driving the dark country backroads to get back to the city, I was half-dozing. I remember squinting because there seemed to be bright headlights washing over us, and then my boyfriend who was driving started screaming - like full-on screaming like I've never heard him do before or since. It wasn't a loud, high-pitched screaming, but a deep-in-the-throat screaming that broke in and out and that left him hoarse. He swerved our car sharply to the side of the road nearly into a ditch.

    I was now fully awake, and said, "What! Are you okay?"

    He said that he saw a truck coming full bore towards us in the dark, and honestly thought we were going to die. I looked behind us... a long, straight road with no houses or streetlights. There was no sign of a truck or any kind of vehicle, no rear headlights on the road or any light from a truck's headlights - which we would have seen - and no sound of truck or car, or anything. But he was shaking, and I initially brushed it off as him maybe falling asleep at the wheel - which is already scary in and of itself.

    We were on a narrow country road, there was no way a massive truck could have gone by us without hitting our car, and I don't remember feeling the rumble and vibrating of our car (which was an old POS) that would have happened if a truck had narrowly missed us. So I dismissed it. He still swears that he saw a massive truck coming towards us.

    However, I do remember a flood of headlights hurting my half-closed eyes just before my boyfriend freaked out...

    Does this make you want to stay home?
  • 4

    Some Friends Drove Through A Forest That Didn't Exist

    From Redditor /u/Team-Mako-N7:

    Many years ago, a friend and I decided to visit our mutual friend at her university and spend the weekend with her. We had extremely detailed directions to follow, and we were told the trip should take about three hours.

    While nothing went wrong on our drive, it seemed to take forever. I don't remember exactly at what point the woods started, but I do remember traveling through these woods for a long time, perhaps an hour. We were already well past the three-hour timeframe my friend had given us by the time we left the woods. When we finally reached my friend's college town, it was nearly four-and-a-half hours since we'd left. We didn't get lost. We never hit traffic or stopped for more than a few minutes. But we quickly forgot about it since we were happy to spend the weekend with our friend.

    When the trip back was a little over three hours, we thought it was weird but didn't think much of it at the time. It wasn't until my next trip to visit that I realized something had been strange.

    I spent that whole next trip waiting for the long path through the woods that we had been on the first time... but it never appeared. Following the same directions as the first time, the entire trip took me about three hours, as did every other trip I made out there in the following years. I don't know what happened, and I've never been able to replicate it. I still wonder what happened and where we really were when passing through those woods.

    Does this make you want to stay home?