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What's the stupidest thing you've ever done to yourself?

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(, Thu 20 Dec 2007, 12:36)
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Youth, wet roundabout and Golf GIT
"What happens if I abruptly lift off the throttle now?" thought 23 year old me as I was negotiating a roundabout in my Golf GIT.

*lifts off*

The Golf lurched sideways, the rear suspension on Mk 2 Golfs has a "passive rear steer" effect, which means that it will tuck into corners under load. Normally, the effect is grin inducing on a dry roundabout but I hadn't factored in the fact that my left rear tyre was knackered and that there was diesel spilled on the road. Oh, and it was wet. And I'm a numpty.


I'm executing a lovely pirouette, the car is neatly sideways and I'm sure I can catch the slide.

*steers sharper*

Whoops. I appear to be looking where I'm going using the side windows. Not good.

The accepted technique for getting out of a skid like this is to turn into the slide and and gently add a teensy bit of power (front wheel drive only of course). Applying the brakes and shouting "Oh fuck it!" is not the recommended course of action, as I soon discovered.


Reversing out of the armco with 815.79 damage done to the front of my Golf amid the accusing glares of other road users was enough to learn me not to play silly buggers.
(, Thu 20 Dec 2007, 13:25, closed)
I did something similar
First rain after a dry spell, me on a roundabout with an odd camber. I'm not sure if I managed 540o or just the 180 - but, either way, I ended up having to drive off in the wrong direction. Miraculously, there was no damage of any sort - though the traffic warden who saw the whole thing looked bemused. (Though he didn't take my reg, which was nice.)
(, Thu 20 Dec 2007, 14:05, closed)
Also been there
On a 270 bend (the old A8000 between the M90 and the Forth Bridge, for those who know it).

I was going no faster than I'd ever go, but I hit a slippery bit, overcorrected, lost it completely and then the back end swung right round and over the inside of the corner. I was left there with the back end of the car hanging over a steep drop and missed the start of the armco by inches. Fortunately a couple of blokes in a Transit van had towing straps and hauled me out.

I went and did skid pan training the following week!
(, Thu 20 Dec 2007, 14:13, closed)
Lift Off Oversteer
I did this in a Ford Orion ages back. Exiting a sharpish corner at my normal speeds I was confronted with an accident that had just happened ahead of me. I lifted off the accelerator and the back stepped out. I also elected not to re-apply power and steer into it but to stamp the brakes and say "fuck" instead. I did a 180degree spin and went into the field backwards between two trees that were only about a foot further apart than the width of the car. Very lucky escape.
(, Thu 20 Dec 2007, 16:21, closed)

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