Many years ago when I still lived at home with my Dad, we lived in a very rural area, about 15 miles of country roads. I was coming home one night after dropping a friend off at her house, after I got out of town about 7 miles I noticed a car following me. If I got into the left lane of the 2 lane road to make a left turn, the car behind me did the same. This was a time when no one had a cell phone so I couldn’t call anyone. I was afraid to try to turn around and go back towards the city., all I could think about was getting to my Dad where I would be safe.
I did have my pistol in my glove compartment and when I first noticed him following me, I reached over and pulled the pistol out and put it on the seat beside me.
Our house was a good distance off the road with a circle drive around the house. You had to drive across the dam of our pond to get to our house. I pulled around to the back of the house and just sat there with the car running. I knew if I got out, he would have me when he pulled up. It was just a few seconds until he was right behind me in my driveway. By this time, I had my pistol in my lap and the safety off. I knew if he stepped out of the car to come after me, I was going to have to shoot him. We sat there for what felt like hours but was actually only a few minutes. I was thinking about how I was going to get out of the situation. Luckily I also had a flashlight so I held the gun up and pointed the flashlight at it, hoping that he could see I was armed. He must have been able to see it because he backed out of my driveway around to the front of my house and took off. Luckily I did not have to use it that night but it sure helped me feel safer to have it and know that I could defend myself if needed.