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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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Why you should never give in to peer pressure..
Picture the scene. I've passed my test for over a year, and thus pretty confident about my skill(z) on the road. Having gone out to the local for a social gathering (I hadn't even drunk anything :S) its time to head home. It is absolutly pissing it down, as if God himself had just broken the seal and decided to miss the bowl completly.
Feeling a little reckless, I decide to take the famed Arrowsmith road; with many a sharp turn and blind corners making it pretty fun to drive (in fact, if you're in Poole I would reccomend giving it a go). Due to it being Autumn, the leaves have fallen all accross the road, creating a hazardous route. Naturally, I only attempt to take the road at 20mph, in a toyota yaris. The friend I'm giving a lift home to, however, has other ideas. Apparatnly 40mph is a much more sensible speed to take, and she persuades me to accelerate until we are at said speed.
Unfortunaly, this cuases the Yaris to do a Pinball impression as it bounces off both hedges, whilst spinning round quite wildly. Front bumper, rear bumper and rear windscreen smash. Amazingly, we were both Ok nd the car had not electrical faults either.
There was a slight problem though. My mother (who owned the car) had specifically told me not to go down that particaular road (on pain of death). Of course the only logical thing to do was to move the crash to a different location. So off we went, to a road that would be quite difficult to crash on witout dying (although she still believed me :p).
Due to the collision with various pieces of vegetaion however, the number plate had broken off, so we had to go back to pick it up. Once we had, we had to turn around on the road we crashed on. The easiest way would be to go up the driveway of someones house. Unfortunatly, the had decided to put a BLOODY HUGE PIECE OF CONCRETE hidden under some leaves, which left my poor Yaris with its back wheels useless, resting on its chassis. Fortunatly, we phoned up a friend and his van towed us off (cheers Dave)
Moral of the story : don't give into peer pressure and Japanese cars are really well made :)
Apologies for length etc.
(, Sun 25 Apr 2010, 3:08, Reply)

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