Once at home, Merrick said, she got out, locked the car and went to sleep, preferring to "pretend that it never happened." And sure enough, that cool-headed approach paid off.
By the next morning, the creature in her car had evidently moved on. Upon checking the vehicle, Merrick said, "there was no spider to be found."
While chances are that Merrick would not love reuniting with her "scary" stowaway again in the future, how she handled things that day proves that a peaceful approach to spiders can go a long way — leaving both Merrick and her eight-legged passenger happily unharmed.