Nancy, apparently the 9-year-old son tried, unsuccessfully, to get control of the car. He received minor injuries. I don't think the spider can have been a tarantula - I mean, it's not as though those babies can sneak up on ya.
About driving - even without spiders - I haven't driven in years. I can deal with spiders better than big city traffic. And when I'm in Wales, I have someone who drives. Mostly, I walk places. It's good exercise and I don't have to find a parking place!