What I Did To Prevent A Car Accident
Something pretty scary happened to me while I was driving this weekend.
I was driving down a main road, went to accelerate, and the car wouldn't stop accelerating. I tapped on the brakes, nothing. I tapped some more...nothing. I started to panic and FLOORED the brakes, nope. The car is slowing down slightly, but STILL GOING!!!
Now, I'm panicking. All I can think of is the car that got recalled for accelerating all on it's own and causing accidents. Remember that? So as I'm panicking, I trying think as clearly as possible on what to do to keep from going off the road or crashing into something! So, I pull up the emergency brake. Still, the car continues to go! Now I am breathing heavy and surely having some form of a panic attack.
Finally, I am able to get the car to the side of a side street, and it's still going!!! I look down, thinking 'did I kick this thing into another gear by accident?' Nope. So it finally dawned on me to put that sucker in park and turn it off. I didn't think of that because I was so scared, and also because I was afraid of messing up the transmission. Thankfully, that did the trick! The car FINALLY stopped!!
I just sat there for a second, crying, because I was so scared and now so stressed. I didn't know what was going on with my car, and I really thought I was going to have to crash into something to get it to stop. Thankfully, I didn't have to do that.
So I called my husband, while still crying and upset. He thought I had gotten into an accident. I explained that I hadn't, but the only words that would come out of my mouth were "the car wouldn't stop! it wouldn't stop!!" I was a disaster.
Together, we figured out what happened. My lovely floor mat came unsnapped up front and somehow lodged itself under my gas pedal! So every time I hit the brake, the gas was also being hit simultaneously by my flippin' floor mat!!
I can't believe that a misplaced floor mat gave me all that trouble! I took that stupid thing out and flung it into the backseat. I'm pretty sure I can avoid that disaster in the future if I refuse to have any rugs near the foot pedals! Whew!