I made a careless mistake the other day that could have cost me my life that I hope no one else ever makes. I was using the tractor for the first time this year to disc the weeds down and had to make an EMERGENCY stop for a bathroom break. I pulled the clutch to stop, hit the kill switch and took off running never thinking about putting it in neutral. When I came back to continue again, it never crossed my mind that the tractor was still in gear. As soon as I pulled on the starter, the engine fired and the tractor lurched forward with me right in front of it. This is in loose, rough ground now and when I jumped back, I nearly stumbled and fell but I must have had an angel on my shoulder because I was able to recover and get out of the way. Once I got my wits about me and realized what had happened it wasn't much trouble to walk along side and get things shut down but I can't remember when I have ever been that frightened. I still get sick to the stomach and weak in the knees thinking about what the consequences of my mistake could have been.