We’ve all done things in our past that we wish he hadn’t. As a kid, we did things because of peer pressure or because we were in a hurry. Seconds or minutes later, we could have kicked ourselves because of what happened. Haven’t you had moments like that as a kid? Have you ever had moments like that while driving?
Recently in the news was a story of how a driver was run over in her driveway by her family van. Now, we’ve heard of kids being backed over by a family member leaving their driveway, but this story is slightly different. She backed over herself. It’s true, but how could this happen?
Once the driver regained consciousness in hospital, she told the local police what happened. After backing her vehicle out of the garage, she decided to get out of the vehicle and close the garage door. She put the parking brake on, but left the vehicle in reverse. Umm, how much time would it have taken her to select park before she exited the vehicle? Yeah, I thought so too.
The two seconds that she was trying to save almost cost this driver her life. It was reported that she did have life threatening injuries once she was taken to hospital, but that has been reduced now. We’re all thankful that she survived this incident, but maybe that will be a lesson to her and to other drivers as well.
As a judge during the third season of Canada’s Worst Driver on Discovery Network, I watched a participant get his vehicle stuck on an object during a driving challenge. With his brother in the passenger seat and the vehicle still in drive, he got out of the vehicle to remove the object from in front of the wheel. He never thought about putting the vehicle into park. Luckily, the vehicle didn’t run over him. It got stuck on another object a couple of metres away and stopped once again.
Take the time to do things properly. As my dad always told me as a kid; if you’re going to do something, do it right the first time. Good advice like that can certainly help you avoid running over yourself… with your own vehicle!