I dropped my car off this morning on my way into work for an oil change, tire rotation, and a few other small things that need to be done periodically and caught a ride down to pick it up again after work. When I got there, the manager seemed a bit upset that they hadn't had a chance to get to it yet in spite of the fact that I had dropped it off at 7:00 and it was now after 3:00. It wasn't just that which had him upset, though. Apparently another customer had somehow managed to back into my car while it was in the parking lot and done a pretty good job of scraping up the rear bumper on the passenger side.
Uh ... okay ... I certainly wasn't expecting that but Pete assured me that the other guy's insurance company was going to pay for the damage and that they had already ordered the paint and could do the work right there next week. They had just about been ready to start the oil change when I walked in so I said I had to walk down the street to run an errand anyway so no big deal and when I looked at the damage to the car it really wasn't that bad either. If I had something other than plastic bumpers it might have been a lot worse but it was just a lot of paint transference and a couple of small nicks that could be easily repaired.
I really wasn't at all upset as it was obviously an accident, not that much damage, and these things happen - hence the reason they're called 'accidents'. Truth be told, I'd rather the guy had totaled the thing as I have gap insurance and it would have gotten me out from under a car payment that I'd rather not have but oh well ... whatchagonnado?
Anyway, all of that brings me to this week's question and it's about accidents -
Have you ever had or been in a car accident?I've been driving for well over 30 years now and have fortunately only ever had one accident many, many years ago in 1979 when crossing an overpass on a highway in Minnesota. There was some black ice on the roadway that I didn't see that spun our small British MG-B around in almost a complete circle before it backed up over the embankment and came to a stop doing quite a number on the wheel bearing. Thankfully no one was hurt and the car was able to be driven to a garage in a nearby North Dakota town but it sure gave me one heck of a scare.
Since then I always chant "bridge freezes before roadway" when driving in winter weather and have been fortunate enough to not have anymore accidents. I count myself very lucky - very lucky indeed.
Now, what about you? Have you had a guardian angel on your shoulder when you're on the road, too?