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"Here in my car", said 80s pop hero Gary Numan, "I feel safest of all". He obviously never shared the same stretch of road as me, then. Automotive tales of mirth and woe, please.

(, Thu 22 Apr 2010, 12:34)
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Fun in a Van
Last year I was coming back from Warwick one Saturday morning in a works Van. Driving up the A1 near RAF Leeming (what a bloody horrible piece of road that is) I overtook a car and as I came back into Lane 1 the steering went all light and then snapped over to the left.

Last thing I remember was the left wheels hitting the kerb and then coming round sitting in a van with a smashed windscreen. I then looked at the rest of the van -

* The cab roof was bent down to within about an inch of the top of my head
* The stereo had come out of the dash completely and flown out of the passenger side window
* Both doors were jammed into the supports by the force of the crash

I ended up having to knock out the drivers window and climb out through that, miraculously not cutting myself in the process. Walked back to the road to see a police car screech to a stop and ask me if I knew whether there was anyone in the van. Replying I just climbed out, he didn't believe me so I turned back around to look at the wreckage.
From the gouges and lumps taken out of the field the policeman reckoned i had rolled over six times before coming to a stop. Paramedics then shot up behind us as I was giving a statement and gave me a once over. The only thing they could find wrong with me was I had cut the back of my hand knocking the window out. I didn't even have an elevated pulse.

I think i was probably the luckiest bugger alive to walk away from that unscathed.
(, Sat 24 Apr 2010, 14:11, 6 replies)
You lucky fucker!

(, Sat 24 Apr 2010, 14:47, closed)
Yeah, I feel cheated by Hollywood too. I was driving again the next day, no shakes or nightmares or anything.

(, Sat 24 Apr 2010, 15:46, closed)
No shakes? No elevated pulse?
Did Plod never find the joint you were smoking?
(, Sat 24 Apr 2010, 18:09, closed)
Didn't breathalyse me, didn't take any vitals at all. Checked I was ok, made sure I had all my belongings and took me to the local services to get picked up.

People may complain about traffic police, but this guy was a top notch fella.

(, Sat 24 Apr 2010, 18:35, closed)
To be fair
When I put my car in a ditch and couldn't get it out they just happened to be coming along the road and closed it off so a friendly farmer could tow me out.

They checked I had a licence, asked why I had half the contents of a house in the car and told me not to go so fast around corners next time then sent me on my way.
(, Sat 24 Apr 2010, 21:13, closed)

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