I’ve been driving since I was 18 years old and have always loved it. The feeling of getting behind the wheel and having the freedom to go anywhere the roads will take you, is enticing. I’ve also, always been an extremely careful driver and (touch wood) have never had an accident. But an old memory of a car accident still stays with me to this day…
I must have been about 8, maybe 9 years old. I was in the car with all my family; with dad driving, on the way home after a lovely day out. We had a Datsun – Sunny, for anyone who does remember them, that’s showing our age! We were coming down a very steep hill when my dad realised that the brakes weren’t working! He shouted at us to hold tight, the seatbelt law wasn’t in force back then! The next thing I remember was our car hitting another vehicle.
I can’t remember the impact, if I cried or screamed, or how any of my family reacted. But I do remember the car we hit… It was a police car!
After the initial commotion of checking that everybody was OK and then moving both vehicles out of further harms way, I recall us sitting in shock waiting to be told off by the police. But this didn’t happen… In fact, a very nice police woman; who had been in the car we hit, waved down an ice-cream van and treated us all to ice creams!
It kind of turned this horrible experience into a memorable one … funny how ice-cream can calm down any situation!
Have you ever been in a car accident? I understand your story may not be as fortunate as mine but if you would like to share it, please feel free to do so in the comments box below…