Sunday evening, driving from St Xavier's to the office.
Peddar Road, Kemps Corner flyover, light traffic.
Car in front of me brakes suddenly.
Pretty much have to stand on my brakes to avoid a prang.
Mutter under breath. Traffic continues to move. Car in front sets off again. I nudge the accelerator. Coast down the flyover. Come to the the bit where the road rises again. See light ahead is orange. Start braking and gearing down..
Except that the brake pedal goes all the way to the floor without any reaction from the car.
Luckily for me, the light turns red and the cars around me stop. Luckily for me I wasn't going to fast, and neither were the cars around me. I cut through the red light, at the tail end of that bit of traffic flow. I continue to slow down. Turn on the hazard lights. Gently prod the accelerator just enough to keep the car moving up the slope until it crests. Simultaneously gently turning the wheel to bring the car next to the pavement. Pull up the handbrake and turn off the engine. Lean back. Shudder. Sweat flows.