I was hoping that I wouldn't have to write about this so soon because I've only had my vehicle for 5 months, but here we are. Sadly this past week I was in my first accident. Not with another car thankfully, but with a pole. Pole 1, Cate 0. This is my first car, and the first time driving in snow. I only did a small amount of winter driving with my parents, and not on my own. So this was bound to happen, and thankfully on an older car.
I've been without a car for the past week after this not- so- little fender bender that I had driving home from work. I lost control of my car and skidded into a pole. Not fun. The thing I hated about it most was that I could see it happening, and there was absolutely nothing that I could do to stop it. All the defensive driving maneuvers were useless. Once you get into a skid that involves snow and black ice, you're done for. Accidents are scary, but I was strangely calm about it. As my car was heading towards the pole I had this "well, here we go" attitude. The impact wasn't fun, either. The front passenger side took all the force, as well as the bonnet. After it happened, I just sat there for a while until it hit me. Then I cried and cursed myself, because that's the natural thing to do I guess, is to blame yourself.
Once I had calmed down, I got out to assess the damage. It was pretty bad. There was no heat after the impact, so I'm suspecting that the transmission and/or coolant line was severed. I'm not going to know for sure until I get some answers from my mechanic, who is taking his time, by the way. I'm going to share some images with you so you all can see for yourselves, and maybe give me some answers yourselves.
The scuffs were already there when I purchased it. The impact popped the bumper out.
Pretty bad, right? Yeah. Definitely going to have to get something replaced. I just hope that they aren't more than the car itself.
And you know what really bites? Not having a car. There are so many things that I have to do that involve driving, and I have to rely on others to get me around. And you may be thinking that's a great idea right? Not for me. I try to be extremely independent about certain things, especially this. I don't like asking for favours, you see. My car has been OOC for a week and I've been going mad. I LOVE driving. I don't care how long or short the drive is. It brings me peace.
And now that it's happened, I've learned from my mistake, or mishap. And I'm going to keep kicking myself in the arse about it until it's fixed, I know this. But no matter who's fault it was, you have to remember to forgive yourself and not to be too hard on yourself. Things happen, especially in the winter. Whether you're a new or experienced driver, or if you're in snow, accidents are bound to happen. Always be aware of your surroundings as best you can.