Got squished by my own car

posted 1 year ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Wait, you physically tried to stop a moving car by standing in front of it!?

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

timonandpumba :  Not really the best of plans.  Next time just let the cars crash (or, you know, don’t have a next time)

As it happens, I’ve done something similar but did make it to the door in time.  I was a teen and set the car in neutral while I listened to the end of a song I liked, then forgot to put it in park when I got out.  I stopped it from hitting the corner of our house by mere inches, pressing the brake with my hand.  Then had to work out how the hell I was supposed to go from my hand on the brake to my foot so I could back out of there.  I managed somehow and luckily no one was home to witness… I doubt I’d ever live it down!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Holy cow you are v lucky. One of my favorite actors, Anton Yelchin, died by being pinned by his “parked” car that started rolling.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

If you had been “squished”, you would be dead. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

timonandpumba :  sorry you’ve had a rough day…but that was really dumb. either the car is moving slowly enough that any damage would be negligible, or it’s moving fast enough that you cannot do anything worthwhile to slow it down. so it sounds like you got needlessly injured.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper

I dont even get why you would do neutral + hand break instead of just park. Its actually less work just to do it properly?? Anyways, glad you didn’t die. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

fiver :  This was the first person who came to mind to me, too.

timonandpumba :  Thankfully, never! You are so lucky you weren’t badly injured.

I was always taught that “neutral” was for car towing and pushing it when the engine failed (with a person behind the wheel steering). It would never, ever occur to me to put a car in neutral and put a break on and then get out. And unless I was 2100lbs and covered in a steel exoskeleton, I would never put myself in front of a moving vehicle.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

I’m confused why you didn’t just park the car….? What was the purpose of putting it in neutral and pulling the hand brake instead? Nevertheless glad you’re okay but next time let the cars crash! That’s so incredibly dangerous and not worth the risks. 

 

Most important lesson learnt: Don’t try to stop a moving car with your physical body!!! And Neutral =/= Park! Screw the car wash 🤦🏻‍♀️

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

You could have died. Never ever stand in front of a rolling car again. If the cars crash without people so be it. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

Neutral is specifically to allow cars to roll when they need to be towed or pushed. It is NOT for parking; that is what PARK is for. I’m glad you didn’t get run over, but hopefully you won’t make the same mistake again. Clumsy is one thing; ignorant is another. Didn’t you have to take a written exam in order to drive?

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Buzzing Beekeeper

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

This is clearly a manual transmission vehicle, folks. There is no park on this car. Or so I gather anyway. The car should have been shut off in gear (I usually leave it in first) with the parking brake engaged. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

111118b :  Oh, right! That’s funny, it has been so long since I’ve driven a manual that I didn’t even think of that.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

111118b :  Upon further consideration, you are likely correct. Even so, it is always better to park IN GEAR than in neutral, specifically because it helps to keep the car from rolling as much if the parking brake slips (which I did not see you had added).

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