I never realized just how fast a car could accelerate until the moment it was racing towards me, pedal mashed through the floorboard and engine roaring.
Here’s what it feels like when you’re about to die. First, your mind does not go blank, as others have suggested. Instead, think, “Limp home mode,” like the setting of a car’s transmission when your car breaks down on the interstate.
Experts call it “Fight, Flight, or Freeze.” Your brain maintains a few gears to operate on for survival purposes. Time slows as you focus on the threat. Your ears become less critical, so the ability to distinguish sounds [...]