This evening I had to run some books back to the library and opted to take the SAAB. If you’ve ever owned one you will understand. Even though the van was parked in front of it on the driveway, I wanted to drive the SAAB. And why not? With the snow falling,it sounded like an adventure. So, I pulled past the van into the neighbors driveway to enter the road. That’s when the adventure began. All of a sudden the back end of the SAAB swung toward the van. And it didn’t matter whether I hit the brake or accelerator—the back end kept heading toward the parked van.
Here’s what happened. Let me start by saying that the neighbors driveway isn’t a finished product. It basically has two narrow concrete paths running the length of the property. You’ve seen them before, right? To save money on filling the whole drive with asphalt or concrete, you just make two narrow strips of concrete to hold up the car. But, if your tires slip off the concrete, you get into trouble. Your wheels end up an inch lower than the pad and get caught by the lip of the concrete. That’s exactly what happened to me. But, thankfully, the tires weren’t damaged and the cars never collided.