I'm glad it was a rental. - Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars
Ford Forum Ford Forum

» Auto Insurance
» Featured Product
» Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > Fordforums Community > The Pub
Register Home Forum Active Topics Photo Gallery Auto Loans Garage Mark Forums Read Auto Escrow

The Pub For General Discussion

FordForums.com is the premier Ford Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
View Poll Results: What would you have done?
Accelerate into the mass of oncoming traffic 2 4.00%
Select reverse and plough into the car behind 3 6.00%
Protect your body and wait for the smoke to settle 38 76.00%
Something else 7 14.00%
Voters: 50. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-03-2004, 04:20   #1 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Melbourne Australia
Posts: 230
mad I'm glad it was a rental.

The lack of skill and attention by plenty of drivers will never cease to amaze me..
This afternoon I met a highly attentive Subaru driver who ploughed over a curb, traffic island and a couple of assorted signs before clobbering my rental car.

No attempt to steer, brake, or generally avoid the 'sickening crunch'.
I sat there and watched it coming towards me for a few seconds before it hit.
The drivers only comment aside from “sorry” was, “do you know what happened?”

You tend to be stationary when you are waiting to turn right across oncoming traffic. My options to avoid this mess seemed to be.
1. Accelerate into the mass of oncoming traffic.
2. Select reverse and plough into the car behind me.
3. Wrap my hands across my chest and pull my feet back off the pedals, then just wait for the smoke to settle.

What would you have done?
Attached Images
File Type: jpg OhhDear.jpg (55.2 KB, 357 views)
__________________
I may be old, but at least I'm stupid!
supermono is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 02-03-2004, 04:25   #2 (permalink)
Moderator
 
Timmeh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Newcastle, NSW
Age: 33
Posts: 2,922
Re: I'm glad it was a rental.

LOL Whoa, far out..... scary how some people have no idea of what they are doing.

Glad you're ok! I voted number three.

Tim!
__________________
EUR04D - Ford Focus
The Blue Flame

Mk II Escort RS2000
How much boost?


www.eurofordclub.com
Thanks for 2004, crew.
Timmeh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2004, 04:34   #3 (permalink)
I am The Brain
 
FordHawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Melbourne, Ford of Aus land
Age: 29
Posts: 3,073
Re: I'm glad it was a rental.

It really is worrying to know that there are some shockers out there....there are 2 on this page alone (Zantetsuken's avatar!!!!).

Good to see you are ok supermono.
__________________
Would you like to change your name to Homer Junior? People can call you Hoju.
FordHawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2004, 04:44   #4 (permalink)
Registered User
 
6pAc|30nG|00n's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Brisbane
Posts: 847
Re: I'm glad it was a rental.

lol thats bad glad to see your ok though, My girlfriends brother in law rented an echo, had 3500 km on it, the night that he picked it up he parked it out the front of their place and some punks killed 100% written off. It was attacked with star pickets, jumped on, kicked, bricks thrown at it you name it. so come the next day they hobbled the car back to the rental company. They thought he was doing a jackass untill he pulled out the police report. THEY ALL GOT CAUGHT HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
__________________
94 ED Fairmont Auto.
Pacemaker Extractors, 2.5" Mandrel Exhaust, Hi-Flow Cat, Stright Through Muff, Broadband Intake Manifold, EEC V, Wood Grain Trim.
Thermo Conversion, AU XR8 Intake Snorkel, 10mm Spiral Core Leads, Shift Kit, Mock Dev5a Cam, King Low Springs.
17" ROH Shadow Chrome RT's, K&N Air Filter, LSD Conversion w/ 3.7 Gears.
Proudest Addition: Socks the Brindle Staffy Girl.
Proud TQE Operator
6pAc|30nG|00n is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2004, 05:14   #5 (permalink)
Registered User
 
pauljh74's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Age: 40
Posts: 738
Re: I'm glad it was a rental.

Quote:
Originally Posted by supermono
The drivers only comment aside from “sorry” was, “do you know what happened?”
I would have said - you were the one that drove into me - don't you know where you were going or is looking at what is ahead of you too much to ask?

He must have been looking for his mobile phone when he dropped the cigarette he was holding in his other hand
__________________
Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.
pauljh74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2004, 05:20   #6 (permalink)
Faster than Zyrtec
 
dave_au's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Sydney.
Age: 31
Posts: 2,105
Re: I'm glad it was a rental.

Let us know if you have difficulties with the car rental company, Id just like to know what they are like with this sort of thing when you are not the driver at fault.

As for what you should do if you have time, as far as I know if you have heaps of time, stationary and no way to avoid the accident, pull the handbrake and keep your hands on the wheel in the normal position. I would be a little worried about airbag activation trying to brace my body elsewhere

Last edited by dave_au; 02-03-2004 at 05:24.
dave_au is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2004, 06:48   #7 (permalink)
Not a Twink
 
honer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Perth, Australia
Age: 32
Posts: 1,086
Re: I'm glad it was a rental.

Amazing the stupidity of some people out there. Glad to hear you walked away from it though.
honer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2004, 12:50   #8 (permalink)
Just give me an excuse...
 
Night_Lurker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: struct melbourne hallam;
Age: 34
Posts: 3,949
Re: I'm glad it was a rental.

wow glad ur ok and lucky it was a rental car...the subaru driver was a bit of an idiot.
__________________
Truly the deepest kiss one can feel, and the one most sought after, is the one you will not survive....
Night_Lurker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2004, 13:54   #9 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Melbourne Australia
Posts: 230
Re: I'm glad it was a rental.

I'll post any update if it comes to difficulty and name calling with the rental company (starts with a 'T' and ends with 'Y' by the way).

So far the only problem has been organising responsibility for the tow and delivery of a replacement (hopefully this morning).
1st phone call went along the lines of, Me: "sorry but the car is dead, do you want it towed and I can you deliver another please".
Them: "we do rental, you need to call roadside assist".
Roadside assist: "we do roadside and breakdown assistance, you need to call rentals".
and so on....

I just noticed the mark on the road left by the front wheel of the Mitsubishi as it was pushed backwards, I probably left my foot on the brake pedal, although I thought I took it off.

The airbag didn't go off as the car was stationary, that's how they are supposed to work, normally you need something like 15kph to 'arm' the bit that goes 'bang'.

The Subaru let off a lot of bags though!

Quote:
Originally Posted by dave_au
Let us know if you have difficulties with the car rental company, Id just like to know what they are like with this sort of thing when you are not the driver at fault.

As for what you should do if you have time, as far as I know if you have heaps of time, stationary and no way to avoid the accident, pull the handbrake and keep your hands on the wheel in the normal position. I would be a little worried about airbag activation trying to brace my body elsewhere
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Skid.jpg (5.9 KB, 127 views)
__________________
I may be old, but at least I'm stupid!
supermono is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2004, 15:54   #10 (permalink)
Lamahs approve of manuals
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Sydney, Australia
Age: 37
Posts: 1,382
Re: I'm glad it was a rental.

Ah well, hopefully it ends ok, and you didn't cop any injuries that'll pop up later.
I think you did the right thing - there's a good chance anything else you might have done could have made it worse (and left you at fault as well).

Even though the bag wasn't supposed to go off, I don't know that putting your hands / arms across your body is a good idea though - just in your lap would probably be better . . .

It sounds like the drivers was either in shock, had blacked out, or was fishing for a comment that would push fault onto you . . .

With any luck it will just become an interesting story for you to tell :)
XR8 Lamah is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > Fordforums Community > The Pub



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I'm Glad I'm A Man/women KenOath The Pub 6 08-20-2003 00:48
Glad to see LunaticSVT PhotoShop Forum 4 06-23-2003 21:08
Rental cars + N20 Falchoon The Pub 2 04-22-2002 00:09
My Mazda Protoge Rental Car Experience supercharged Mazda Forum 14 11-27-2001 20:01

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 15:53.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.