Yeap, you guessed it. Had first real car accident yesterday on the way home after college.
(Really, the first one was after got driving licence and scraped the rear of Dee’s car while trying to reverse M’s car, but family don’t count. )
It was nothing, really. Had followed the car in front too closely while queueing up to enter the roundabout to exit 9 o’clock, and couldn’t brake in time when it did. It was entirely self’s fault, seeing as was daydreaming and totally unfocused on the wheel at that moment.
Was rather worried initially. Couldn’t see any visible dent while driving from behind as we stopped at a nearby petrol station. So distracted that when got out of the car, slammed the car door on self’s left middle finger. It wasn’t that painful. Until saw some blood pooling around. 😯
Honestly, you couldn’t tell at all that self’s car had rather forcefully kissed the other car’s arse unless you scrutinise it that up close. All the same, it was self’s fault and immediately called Dee to talk to the woman driver, after apologising. (She was rather nice actually. Did not scold self; she did seem in a hurry, though.) She said she would call us back yesterday night after discussing with her husband; we wanted to settle this by ourselves.
It’s times like this when family really matters, eh? 😉
So, should self change self’s driving style? Has this accident taught self a lesson? The way self drive has never been dangerous, or least relatively. It’s just that have to remember to focus on the road!
One might view this accident as totally avoidable and unnecessary. That’s totally true. Would like to think of it as bad karma and hopefully, something good will come along that’s worth more than Rm50! (Estimated cost to repair the three microscopic dents – which only the woman driver can see, all self saw was a slightly loose bumper – on the other car’s bumper. 🙄 There’s nothing to do on self’s car’s bumper – it’s really that insignificant, and the car is old anyway.)
If you’re thinking that should have demonstrated more remorse than indifference in this post, well, yes, self should really. Driving is a big responsibility and all. But for some reason just can’t. Sorry. 😥
Edit: She didn’t call yesterday night.
Edit edit: Okay, am officially freaking out now. She just called after class and said estimated cost is RM250 for knocking out bumper and repainting it… am desperately hoping she’s just trying to fleece self…
Edit edit edit (hopefully the final edit): Dee managed to haggle the price down to RM150. Pocketbook is hurting somewhat 😦 but at least it’s not as bad as the initial price.
Moral of the story: Don’t daydream behind the wheel, and love your father, kids!