Our reporter shares a dark, embarrassing car moment
WE ALL have an embarrassing driving story to tell.
The car breaks down, you reverse into something that isn’t moving, or perhaps you forgot to put your handbrake on.
Thanks to Murphy’s Law it’s also likely to happen when you are driving someone else’s car.
In my case, I got stuck at one of the busiest motorway exits in Auckland and a police car had to push the old mini van I was driving back onto the road.
Here’s how it happened:
While studying abroad in Auckland I borrowed my in-law’s mini van to get to and from an eight-week internship.
On my last shift I got a little bit cocky at the motorway exit lane on the drive home.
I thought I’d try to skip the peak-hour traffic queue and slowly drive along the edge of the road to get into the empty left-turning lane up ahead.
I drove half on the edge of the road, half on the gravel, and to start off with both surfaces were level.
But as I drove further along a ledge formed, so the road level was getting higher and further away from the gravel.
I tried to climb the newly-formed edge to get back into the lane... but the van got stuck.
I got out and looked. The back-right wheel was off the ground above the ditch alongside the road, and the back-left tyre was hovering above the road because the van was on such an angle.
Not my proudest moment.
Meanwhile traffic was getting busier and car after car drove past, goggling at me and the state I got myself into.
Eventually a police officer pulled up and asked me what was going on.
“Have you been drinking?” The police officer asked. “No,” I said.
He asked for my licence, “I left it at home,” I responded.
“Where do you live?” He asked. “I’m staying in Mairangi Bay but my licence is Australian,” I said.
As if that explained my stupid driving decision, he let it go, and the final thing he said to me was “I’m going to push your car back onto the road.”
I watched in my rear view mirror as he got back into the police car and slowly drove up to the back of the van, pushed, and the van dragged back up onto the road.
I say “dragged” because the bottom of the car viciously scraped the road, and the end result was a trip to the mechanic and some new car parts (sorry again, dad).
So, there’s my embarrassing story out in the open, it’s your turn. Can anyone top this? Even if you can’t, I’d still love to hear from you in the comments below.
Be brave and share because at the end of the day, we are all human, and we all make stupid decisions sometimes!