I Must Confess…I went through 5 cars in one year!
I’ve had a crazy busy weekend – one of those ones where you get to the end and you realise that you need another entire weekend to get over it… 😉
However, it’s Monday so instead of relaxing, it’s time for us to start off the week right – with a confession!
I’ll start right off by confessing that I am a pretty ordinary driver.
Just ask my husband.
He’s always complaining that I stop too suddenly or overtake unnecessarily or go too fast. I do admit that I am impatient behind the wheel but I am nowhere near as bad as I used to be.
You see, between the ages of 20 and 21 I went through 5 cars. Yes, you read that right. 5.
It started with my old family car, a 1984 Nissan Bluebird – like the one below – except ours was red:
It was a reliable car, not very exciting, but it took me wherever I needed to go. Until my dad took it one day and got wiped out at an intersection. He was okay but the car was a write-off – that was the fate of car number 1.
Car number 2 was more to my taste. It was a gold Mazda 323 with glitzy gold mags, tinted windows and velour interior. The number plate started off with the letters TMK, which my friends dubbed “Totally Mad Kirsty” which sounded awesome to my 20 year old self. This is a vastly inferior model below:
Anyway, it was a great car and I had some fantastic moments in it, even if it did leak in the passenger side floor every time it rained.
One day, my dad was driving me to the train station when he again got wiped out by another car. Again we emerged intact (well I was taken to hospital in an ambulance but I was okay) but the car was written off. To add insult to injury, I was fined for not wearing a seat belt – deserved, but it seemed harsh considering we were not the ones at fault. That was car number 2.
Car number 3 was my first “real” car – the first one that I chose myself and applied for a loan for. It was a beautiful red Suzuki Swift and lasted a mere 3 months:
This time, I was the one at fault. I was too busy looking in my rear vision mirror, trying to work out if I had just passed a police car, to see the car that had stopped in front of me, waiting to turn right. I collected that car and managed to write off both of them. Again, thankfully, all involved were okay but I was fined and charged with negligent driving and paid big time in increased insurance premiums for nearly 10 years after that incident. Car number 3 proved a VERY expensive lesson.
Car number 4 was an interim car while I sorted myself out. It was a hideous Mitsubishi Sigma that smelled like an oily rag – probably because it was held together by lots of them!
Not so funny story – on the night of my 21st birthday I was driving home from work when I struggled going down a gear in the hideous Sigma to enter a roundabout. I pushed and pulled as hard as I could to get that crappy car into gear – so hard that I pulled the gearstick completely out. It had been held together by, you guessed it, an oily rag. I kid you not.
I somehow got off the roundabout and was able to call my dad for help. I decided there and then to get myself a proper car for my 21st, which brings me to the last car on my list:
My trusty 1994 Holden Barina Swing in teal blue. I loved this car. Sure, it had it’s share of issues and near-misses and mini-prangs, but it was my baby for 6 years before we sold it. It was an awesome car, it even showed the outside temperature and was the first car I ever owned with air conditioning. I felt very special in that car!
Even though I have had a few cars since then, I have never again had the misfortune to go through 5 cars in the space of a year. While it wasn’t all due to my crappy driving, I certainly don’t think I helped myself as an impatient and invincible 20 year old.
I may still speed a little and overtake a little too much and remain impatient on my commute to work but I have not had an accident for over 10 years now – touch all the wood that I can!!!
So have you had some horror runs with accidents like me? Or are you like AAMI’s Rhonda and maintain a squeaky clean driving record? Or, do you have something else to share this week?
Go on, share your confession and cleanse your soul!
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Next week’s prompt (prompted by my own experience at swimming every week) – are you an exhibitionist when it comes to changing in front of others or do you hide away?