Give way? No way!
Last Friday I had a car accident. It’s the fifth in approximate 3 years time.
I wasn’t one single time to blame. My car or me seems to be cursed:
- Three years ago, I wanted to pick up my new car at the garage. I stop for a traffic light at the crossroad before the garage, which was turning orange to red. A few seconds later, I ended behind the traffic lights though due to a delivery van that hit me in the back of the car. He didn’t seem to have any intention to stop for the traffic light nor the safety camera, despite being a busy and dangerous cross road. The driver even reproached me that I stopped as if there were other options. The result was a nearly total loss car that I had to deliver in in exchange for my new car.
- Nearly X-mas that same year, I stopped for a red light at a cross road. There were plenty of cars before me standing still, thus no ‘doubt’ that it was red that time. 30 seconds later –> bang. A car hit me in the back on my new car. The lady driver explained that her purse fell on the floor and she picked it up again, didn’t look at the road and miscalculated the distance between both cars.
- 10 months later, my friends bumped into my car with the towing hook of their car while they wanted to leave the ferry.
- On my birthday that year, I needed to stop for a post van, blocking a narrow street. I didn’t hoot and waited patiently until he departed. Then suddenly, the van moved speedily backwards. Bang, on my car. I had nearly a new second accident on the same road only 50 meters further away from the previous one. The drivers of a van of the local council discovered that their vehicle couldn’t pass under the bridge and decided to drive backwards too. Luckily, they noticed my hooting.
- Last Friday, I was nearly home. At the cross road before home, I needed to give way to a car coming from the right. The car behind me didn’t seem to know that mandatory rule of the traffic regulations. Result: her car was total loss and the back end of my car used to be more neatly rounded and a bit longer. I’ll know the verdict on Monday what the total damage is and whether it’s a total loss or not. If my back and neck still hurts then, I need to let check that too.
The result is that I didn’t have a cache vehicle and had to cancel my plans. I had a lot of things to do anyway:
- the Saturday morning shopping and the bringing kids to/from arts, keyboard and judo lessons
- installing a new postbox (meeting the new regulations on size) and nameplate with built in doorbell.
- attending a mussels diner organized by the Scouts in order to get some extra funds for the new premises the scouts want to build.
- Sunday is dominated by Sinterklaas paying a visit to my work.
I did some ‘virtual’ caching though (earlier this week) in order to celebrate cache 400 and 450 (which I couldn’t realize due to the accident):
I also did some preparation for a new Magical Mystery Tour.