Okay. Whoever came up with the idea that
teenagers are drunken, distracted, impatient, crash-inducing
bombs was clearly a nut.
Adults are just the same.
Last week, I got into a car crash.
And get this: I, the impatient
poor-skilled teenager, was the victim!
So I was going along just fine, following
a friend to her house with someone else in my car when I
slowed down for a right turn. I eased carefully along,
waiting for all the cars to finish going when BAM! The car
behind me, or the huge Toyota Tundra truck, rammed into the
rear end of my poor Camery.
The first few milliseconds, I was
confused. The thought of a crash didnít even register into
my brain save for the forward jolt and the metallic bang.
Then I stupidly looked back and saw the collision and
realized that someone just rammed into me. Immediately, I
felt relieved and thankful that it was nothing worse, that
the airbags didnít come up, that my friend and I suffered
nothing besides a jolt and a good scare.
I got out in a surreally calm state and
exchanged info with the other driver. He apologized with the
poor excuse that he thought I was going to turn right (when
I had the brakes on the whole time and was going like 3mph)
and so stepped on the gas petal with gleeful abandon (okay,
not in these exact words, but you get the point).
God what a bad driver! If he was paying
attention, maybe he would have at least slowed down and not
make a basketball-size dent into my car. It was a red light
too and still he was going that fast. When I got out and
looked into his car, there was a half-eaten cheeseburger
left on the seat and the radio still on.
Later, when I related the event to my
parents and friends, I got some interesting stories.
Apparently, someone had rammed into my dadís car the same
way. And my friend actually laughed when I told her because
one time, this car crashed into hers not once, but twice at
the same place (First, she was trying to turn. Crash. Then,
they got out, exchanged info, got back in, and tried to turn
And so whatís the link between these
accidents? All adults! Sane, safely driving adults. Maybe
people should think twice before stereotyping teenagers as
dangerously driving maniacs. Of course, there are a few
exceptions (drunken teens throwing beer cans out window and
honking after they pass you up), but the majority of us
understands the consequences of bad driving and actually do
pay attention to the rules.
Cost of car in repair shop?
Not being able to drive for two weeks and
having to take the bus?