Paranormal Roads — Your Personal Stories

More people travel in cars than ever before. Many of these journeys take us to long and unfamiliar places, and oftentimes at night. So it is not surprising to us that so much strange and unexplained paranormal activity is witnessed by drivers and passengers.

We asked users on Quora and Reddit if they have ever witnessed something paranormal as the driver or passenger of a vehicle. These are the most fascinating (and spine-tingling) responses that we got:

Ghostly phenomena

Ghost encounters can vary from hallucinogen-type glances to full-blown fight or flight scenarios. As the stories document below, not even the comfort or speed of a car is always enough to ensure that apparitions remain at a safe distance.

  • When I was a teenager me and my friend were driving down an old dark highway. The high way is mostly straight and has no turns to other roads for about 40 miles with a hill on one side and woods on the other. We were driving at about 50mph. Then headlights showed up in the rear view mirror. The other car started tail gating us so we sped up. They stayed on us even though we hit 100 mph. Then right before we got to the end of the highway the lights went out.We never saw another car just headlights. Years after a guy I was hanging out with was telling a story about that road where he had just started working for a wreaker service. On his 2 week on the job he had to get a car that had hit a tree racing down the road we saw the lights. The driver was killed in the wreck. That happened 10 years before we saw the lights.”
    — agingerbeardmans (Reddit)
  • “Not my story but my parents. One night they were driving in the backroads of the country, not doing much just going on a drive. At night all of the back roads look haunted and abandoned. When they drove down one of them my dad looked into the mirror and saw a person sitting in the back seat. He told my mom and when she looked back she saw the person too then the person vanished.Later on they found out that their were multiple stories about that road, where people would see someone show up in the back seat of their car. I guess years before their was a car crash on that road.”
     amsillystring (Reddit)
  • “Me and my friends were driving after camping in a deep forest we saw some creature like very far away from us and they like us they were very tall and they just kept staring at us until we left the jungle and came in a crowded place.It was super dark defining it would be difficult and they were far in the woods the only explanation i thought probably some animal or other campers cuz their eyes were glowing but it was kinda creepy and we were driving at night so i can’t define but they were different in height not like a normal human size bout 7-9 feet tall and to be approx. there were prob 3-4 looking at us. Well we saw smth while we were camping across the lake looking at us it had a dog figure so we thought might been a coyote well whatever that dog figure was also a bit creepy cuz it kept staring at us till we went in your tents and the road we were driving was super empty like except 1 car more which was behind us that was also my friend’s car my parents thought i was hallucinating but me and my frnds for real saw something there.”
    — SOUL-WOLF19 (Reddit)
  • “My gf was driving in upstate NY and there was a woman walking her dog on the side of the road. My gf turned to look at the dog after they’d driven past and they were totally gone. It’s a road she drives on often, and she knew she should’ve still been able to see them.”
    — gaga-girlfriends (Reddit)

 

 

 

 

UFO phenomena

Somehow we weren’t surprised to find that there were many UFO encounters on the list. Especially as UFO sightings often consist of brightly coloured lights against a backdrop of night sky. UFO encounters also tend to be more exhilarating — and less frightening — than ghost sightings, as evidenced in your stories below:

  • “I saw a large floating rectangle about the size of a ranch style House that was probably 60-80 feet in the air above a small patch of dense woods along a major highway in Upstate NY. It was getting dark and how it caught my eye was that it reflected some light but in a shimmery sort of way. I slowed down enough to see it was 3 dimensional and it seemed like it was turning and then it disappeared or fully cloaked itself. So freaking trippy.”
    — SofaTurnip (Reddit) 
  • “I distinctly remember seeing numerous UFOs when I was younger, while riding in the backseat of my mum’s car. They were powerful red lights that drifted to a point in the sky and ‘floated’ alongside one another — about seven in total — before slowly fading away into nothingness. Google the “Halewood lights” (I’m from a town called Halewood, Liverpool UK) and you will see the kind of thing I am talking about.”
     TheGhostsWithinUs (Reddit) 
  • “My mother and father did, when they were dating during High School. He was driving her home (somewhere in Johnson or Wayne County, NC) when, my mother says, a light came down over the car and they pulled over on the shoulder to stop when it drew down even closer or the light grew brighter. They remained in the car and were guessing as the the position of the helicopter they assumed must be harassing them, but when pressed she said she had no memory of the sound of a helicopter nor any kind of wind or compression from whirling blades. And just as suddenly as it appeared, it disappeared again. They sped home excited to tell what they saw. It must have been 1970 or 1971.”
    — RealApplebiter (Reddit) 
  • “Yes. While driving home from work in the middle of the night (I worked from 4pm to 3am at the time) I saw two triangular craft at very very low altitude, max 50m probably less. They flew almost over my car, traveling southwest as I was driving west, about to take a left turn and head south towards my home. I was about 1 min from home.I didn’t get a good look at the underside of the crafts but the back edge had a row of rectangular red lights, they must have been a couple square meters each, 5 or 6 lights, can’t remember. They lit up from right to left, kinda pulsing. The back edge was almost entirely filled by these lights. I could see the outline of what appeared to be an equilateral triangle for body with 15m sides and 2m thickness. There was no sound I could hear over my vehicle. The craft were identical from what I could tell. They were flying very close together and moving maybe 40mph.

    As they were so low and I was in a residential area, I knew they would very soon disappear over houses. I tried to follow them as best as I could but there are no roads that run SW in the area and so I had to zig zag to try and follow them. I lost them for a moment, saw them again, and then lost them for good.

    I think they were “ours” – the lights were just too low-tech looking. Like giant brake lights. Still very strange. This was in 2013 iirc. I have had another sighting which was far less close but left me with an amazing sense of mystery, awe, and appreciation despite it being so not-bats**t-crazy (basically tiny lights very high in the sky playing tag, witnessed with two friends). This triangle sighting left me with no feeling like that – I just felt like I’d seen some new machine, nothing mystical.”
    — Cannabat (Reddit)

     

  • “I saw one several months ago – I think late March this year as I was coming home from work. I live in Marietta, GA, and it was around 2:45am. As I was driving, I noticed something bright out of the corner of my eye, and looked over out my driver side window. There was a greenish-cyan light hovering in the sky, roughly an oval shape, and it appeared to be only as high as a street light, but I think that was just a perspective thing with distance.I only saw it for maybe 2 seconds. It hovered there, and then as I looked at it, it suddenly accelerated upwards and I guess in the direction I was going (so in my eyes it went up and to the right), extremely fast. While it did so, it almost like.. stretched? Like, in star wars when they jump to hyperspace and all the stars stretch out in the cockpit, it was kinda like that. But it accelerated out and upwards in a shallow curve, extremely quickly, and then it was gone. It was one of the few times in my life where I just said “what the f**k” out loud.”
    — quiveringpotato (Reddit)

     

  • “I sat inside my vehicle watching outside the windshield as an object that looked like something literally straight out of a UFO picture floats gently across the treeline to my side. No sound. The object was circular in shape about 20 feet in diameter and a height of about 10 feet with strobing lights as it rotated by. It could clearly be seen with the naked eye, even with my poor 20/30 vision. I could make out all of its features since it was so close.The entire event was about 1 minute in length. The object floated just above the treeline in a straight direction and then off into the distance. I am pretty convinced that if I was able to capture video of this event, it would have been a pretty big smoking gun. I wish my past self had some better way of taking video.”
    — u/LostTime77 (Reddit, read the full story here)

     

  • “A few months ago I was driving home from work around 10pm the sky was really dark because I was driving through the country so the stars were very visible. I happen to look up and saw a bright light go across the sky for a second and then make a very sharp 90 degree turn and zoom off into the darkness. It was insane at first I thought meteor but meteors don’t make sharp turns like that. I wonder if I saw an alien spacecraft I’d like to think I did bc yo that was insane.”
    — Kansbb (Reddit)

 

 

Creepy Cambridgeshire… the most haunted place in the UK?

Cambridgeshire is already notorious among paranormal enthusiasts as being one of the UK’s hotspots for unexplainable activity. A reputation upheld as a significant number of our respondents had their own stories to tell from the region.

Check out this conversation between users, exchanging similar sightings in the Cambridgeshire area:

  • “I swear to God I saw a ghost on Hinchingbrooke park road, Huntington (Cambridgeshire) near the playing fields. It looked like the silhouette of a really tall man except it was all white (and it must have been a bright white because it was so dark out). It’s hard to describe but it looked one-dimensional and looked to be moving awkwardly in 3D space. The bit that really freaked out was it looked like it had big blue bug eyes… again really bright. Because I wasn’t expecting it, it took me a while to even realise what I was seeing might be paranormal. And then I had driven quite a bit past it. I had chills all the way home and it really freaked me out.”
    — nujacques (Reddit)
  • “That’s really crazy because I saw something really similar to what you are talking about, and near the Ermine business park which is a stone’s throw from Hinchingbrooke park. Although I can’t say about the eyes and I would say it walked normally, it most definitely was an unnatural white almost like it was a lifesized cut out of paper across a real background if it makes sense. it seemed to move across the ground as though it wasn’t really walking but floating. I didn’t really get a chance to see its feet. Mine was in a car too although I wasn’t driving, my friend really pissed me off because he failed to see it. You could argue it was a hallucination but I have had hallucinations before and they usually go away as you look right at them. This was clear as day and moving in front of my eyes. Really creepy but at the same time I just felt mesmerized by it and it opened up my mind to other possibilities that could be out there.”
    — YeahItsMe_D (Reddit)
     
  • “I’ve had several sightings on the A1307 including what looked like normal people only just glowing a fantastic white and stood in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night with a bit of a ‘fuzz’ around them. One time I saw a group of people all looking really animated like and full of energy pacing round like they wanted my attention. I’ve also seen orbs to a similar effect on the A1307/Cambridge road. Always on my way towards Cambridge. Given how many accidents there have been on that road I’m not surprised there is an unusual amount of supernatural activity around there. I swear this is the most haunted part of the whole world haha.”
    — bebennybe (Reddit)

 

 

 

 

Skeptic encounters

Not all of our respondents were convinced that their encounters were paranormal, but they did have some fascinating stories to tell nonetheless.

  • “Driving a train in early morning mist, approaching Crewkerne in the West Country of England, I saw a bride and groom through the mist, standing in a field. Plain as day in my mind, this beautiful couple. What were they doing there in the early hours of the morning?It was another day when the mist had cleared when I saw the same couple in the same field. It was a couple of scarecrows dressed up as a bride and groom. They actually looked quite rough but my brain (and probably due to getting up at stupid o’clock), had actually filled in the missing details in the mist and made them into an attractive couple.

    It is a tradition here in parts of the South to dress scarecrows up in different clothes at certain times of the year.

    A bit further down the line there is a road bridge, Blacksands Flyover, that goes over the line. To one side of the bridge is a small round road sign on a pole covered in a bit of ivy. Every time you approach it in the dark though it looks like a person.

    Like all things paranormal there is a reason behind a person’s experience and I have no belief in ghosts whatsoever. Despite our High Definition cameras they still haven’t been captured on film with indisputable definition and no photoshop or double exposure involved.”
    — Kris Jenders (Quora)

     

  • “While driving home from work in the middle of the night (I worked from 4pm to 3am at the time) I saw two triangular craft at very very low altitude, max 50m probably less. They flew almost over my car, traveling southwest as I was driving west, about to take a left turn and head south towards my home. I was about 1 min from home.I didn’t get a good look at the underside of the crafts but the back edge had a row of rectangular red lights, they must have been a couple square meters each, 5 or 6 lights, can’t remember. They lit up from right to left, kinda pulsing. The back edge was almost entirely filled by these lights. I could see the outline of what appeared to be an equilateral triangle for body with 15m sides and 2m thickness. There was no sound I could hear over my vehicle. The craft were identical from what I could tell. They were flying very close together and moving maybe 40mph.

    As they were so low and I was in a residential area, I knew they would very soon disappear over houses. I tried to follow them as best as I could but there are no roads that run SW in the area and so I had to zig zag to try and follow them. I lost them for a moment, saw them again, and then lost them for good.

    I think they were “ours” – the lights were just too low-tech looking. Like giant brake lights. Still very strange. This was in 2013 iirc. I have had another sighting which was far less close but left me with an amazing sense of mystery, awe, and appreciation despite it being so not-bats**t-crazy (basically tiny lights very high in the sky playing tag, witnessed with two friends). This triangle sighting left me with no feeling like that – I just felt like I’d seen some new machine, nothing mystical.”
    — Cannabat (Reddit)

 

And we reached out to a UFO expert, Tony Eccles of A Different Sky, who had this to say on UFO sightings:

  • “Despite claims being made in local papers there isn’t a particular UK hotspot of UFOs High numbers of sightings in a particular area are usually connected to aircraft testing, met and astronomical events.In 2000, Merseysiders observed a high number of ball of light UFOs, which were created by Chinese lanterns. The MARA group I helped to found was given film footage of a fleet of balls that passed over Halewood train station… these were lanterns, and many observers were fooled because they hadn’t seen them before. Nationwide too.

    I pay more attention to close encounter cases, in other words, not UFOs that are observed far far away as they can be anything at all and investigations of such sightings are rarely conclusive, except aircraft and astronomical sources and the very rare visual of a weather balloon, which I was once fooled by in 2007.”

So what do you think? Have the sceptics changed your mind, or are there otherworldly things going on that we still cannot explain?

 

 

 

 

Have you experienced a paranormal road sighting? We would love to hear your story.

Send your story in an email to neil.wright@thrivemediagroup.co.uk and we will check it out. Though if you can, please try to remember where and when you had the paranormal experience.

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