Got squished by my own car

posted 1 year ago in The Lounge
Post # 16
980 posts
Busy bee

111118b :  even if it is manual, it’s taught to park the car in gear. Never in neutral. That’s the basics I learned at least. Figured it’d be common knowledge to anyone driving a manual and that’s a huge safety risk (as shown by this story!) 

Post # 18
123 posts
Blushing bee

Yes. It should be left in gear. That’s why I said that. It should never be left in neutral. But I pointed it or because PPs were asking why it wasn’t put in park. It’s because there is no park. 

Post # 19
980 posts
Busy bee

111118b :  I think I tagged the wrong person! My bad lol! You did clearly say that! 

Post # 22
286 posts
Helper bee

Oh gosh bee, glad you made it out alive!! My biggest fear driving our manual cars is that I will forget it in neutral or to pull the handbrake and the car will roll away lol. 

Speaking of mishaps like this. I once watched a woman get out of her (automatic) car to grab a coffee she forgot on the roof. As she had stepped out the car it must have been left in drive and was moving quite quickly away without her! She snatched that coffee and barely made it back into the car before it took off without her. 

Post # 23
693 posts
Busy bee

I did that once parallel parked on the roadside. My dog was in the car and as I crossed the road she started barking. I turned back to shush her and my car was very slowly rolling along without me. Luckily the road was flat enough that it was very slow. I hopped in to put the brakes on and put it in gear. Oops. 

Post # 24
9578 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

lol, i mean it was def. really bad instinct, but I think plenty of people make terrible decisions when panicked.  I can easily think of a few that people related to me/DH have made.  Glad you’re not too badly injured!

Post # 25
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

timonandpumba :  wow lots of judgement! We’ve all made mistakes and im glad you’re okay.

We were out 4wdriving in the mountains one time and i was in a friends car as passenger.  He got out to talk to someone and left the auto in gear so it started rolling towards a sheer cliff drop off.  Instead of simply changing it to park or applying the handbrake i panicked and dramatically barrel rolled out of the car (which was creeping as slowly as you do in an auto if you take your foot off the brake at the lights).  A ten year old boy jumped in and applied the handbrake while i gingerly got up, covered in mud and leaf litter.  It didnt help i was the only female on a trip with 6 guys.  

Post # 26
191 posts
Blushing bee

111118b :  same. I always park in gear. My partner drives an automatic and I’ve lost count of the times I’ve jumped in my manual car and he’s left it in neutral. Pet hate!! 

Post # 27
4517 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Lesson learned, I suppose. I’m glad you weren’t more badly hurt! 

I drive an automatic that won’t even let me turn it off unless it’s in Park, but my mother drove a manul for years and had a really bad habit of leaving it in Neutral. Once it rolled backwards from where she parked in front of her office (small slope) and knocked over guy on a ladder. Luckily, he wasn’t seriously injured, but she never forgot to leave the car in gear again!

Post # 28
2570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Poor! Glad you’re okay aside from being sore. That must have been so scary.

Post # 29
6635 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

youngbrokebride :  okay this is funny to imagine! Glad a few more people added their dumbness to share… I was starting to think I was the only one who could commisserate with OP

Post # 30
2240 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

Oof. Glad you’re okay!

It didn’t happen to me (although I have plenty of self-inflicted injuries due to extreme derp) but a housemate of mine came home a bit sauced one night and didn’t leave his manual in gear, NOR did he set the parking brake. He watched his car roll backward down the street kind of dumbfounded.

Luckily, it didn’t hit ANY of the parked cars on either side of the street and instead rolled into a steeply pitched front yard that basically stopped it so he could get in and move it back to his house. 



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