Monday, February 09, 2009

Counting my blessings...

I just wrapped my ride around a tree earlier today... was damned lucky to walk away with all my limbs still attached, except for a few minor scrapes & bruises on my elbow =)
How it happened? Was carrying some speed going into the roundabout when the rear end started breaking loose when i downshifted to power out of the corner; countersteered a tad too much & the car just snapped & spun around 180 degrees, sliding on all fours before hitting a tree in the process & i ended up facing the direction i came from...
What went through my mind when...? Fuck, this is going to be one expensive mess to fix, if i bang anything... then, BANG! WTF! i did not get lucky this time... i've spun around a couple of times before, once at this roundabout too...
Lesson learned? Never push a car on balding tires too hard... I've procrastinated on getting a new set of rubbers when i should, now i've learned my lesson. Never compromise on safety if you intend to drive your car hard, day in & day out.
Suprisingly i remained calm & composed throughout the ordeal; the 1st thing i did coming out of my car after the accident was to flip out my hp & start snapping photos! I must be crazy... xp Only after examining the crash scene only did i realize things could have been much worse... was a little shaken after that...
Now, i also know that i suck when it comes to drifting... maybe i should consider taking advance driving lessons so i could learn to bail myself out of such situation next time.
Well accidents happen, i'll just accept that & be thankful that i'm still alive & kicking =)
*thanks to brada louis for being there, my dad & my mechanic, ah chung who came over in a dime & helped sort things out, and also friends who dropped by with intention to help & who called & sms to ask if i was alright; i appreciate your concerns =) *

18 comments:

-m- said...

they say after accident usually something good will happen. hopefully for both of us who had accidents, it will happen asap.

Louis said...

hahaha....M, are u sure that u want accidents to happen again?

allen said...

ouch! that's gonna cost a bomb.. but lucky to escape unscathed.

if u need pointers to get advanced driving lesson, gimme a buzz.. i may have a fren who have pointers. :P

Norman Goh said...

hey! how are you now?
gosh....

hope that you're alright..
someone at it again, vandalising my blog..

cal81 said...

marv: ha, let's hope so.. cheers to our career revolution! =)
louis: thanks for being there, brada...
allen: yala... hav to claim insurance liao.. bo pien... sure, i'll be glad to learn some pointers from your fren, in case in need to bail myself out of such situation again, in the future...
norm: thanks mate, i'm alright =)
sorry to hear about ur blog being vandalised...

@pple said...

OMG @@
Glad u r ok!

M said...

I'm glad you're ok too! ;)

Kino said...

Dude.... is cool...
man at least u learn something.
u are not hurt then is a blessed.

MrToilet said...

That's what went through my mind when i had mine last time. "This time expensive liao la..." Whoever say they saw flashes of their life pass by them, i think i doesn't apply to car crash gua ... >:D

cal81 said...

thanks for the well wishes! =) I'm alright, very luckily so...
haha.. yala, always thinking of how to recover the car safely without crashing into anything when spinning out...

ahlost said...

Glad that you're ok.. :)

Samuel Goh said...

WOW! Good that you're alrite bro. Take care... and get those new tyres.

cal81 said...

=)
yeaps.. new tires., not too soon though, i reckon it's going to take at least a month or 2 for the repair job to complete...

Samuel Goh said...

Two months! Wow... thats a long time to fix those damages... Poor you...

colina said...

lesson learnt:
1. claim insurance "gao gao";
2. may want to start consider F60;
3. don't ever try this "next" time;
4. else, delete no.2 in this list from your mind

cal81 said...

sam: haha,... my car has spent considerable amount of time in the workshop for the past year, so got used to it liao la...
colina: btw what's F60?
ha, it's not a matter of 'trying it'... sometimes u just lose control while driving.. it happens..

a n n n a said...

waaaaaaaaaah! That's a crash. A bang then a crash!! Be more careful on the road...

cal81 said...

thanks annna, i will! =)