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Understand this...Please go back to driving school (archive)

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Posted by before you kill someone!!!!!!! on October 08, 1999 at 09:36:24:

In Reply to: Wrecked 323i...please read. posted by phil on October 07, 1999 at 21:33:47:

: Sadly, I wrecked my '00 323i today during lunch. I took
: delivery of it on August 17th.

: I was driving in a residential street, and I honestly do
: not think I was going over 35-40 miles per hour. The road
: turns left sharply, and I began to brake, turn the wheel, etc,
: like anyone would when turning a corner. I immediately realized
: my car was not turning sharply enough to make the corner,
: so I turned the wheel more, harder, and braked very very hard.
: The car did not seem to slow down or respond to my inputs,
: my right wheels hit a curb and ran over a sidewalk before
: the car came to a rest shortly after coming off the curb.
: It seems that the brakes and steering tighted up immediately
: after hitting the curb, perhaps from the reduction in speed,
: but the radius of the turn after hitting the curb and distance
: traveled were very very short. The car is in the shop now,
: with suspension damage to the front right wheel and a blown
: rear tire, scraped up panels on the bottom of the body,
: little cosmetic damage, etc. (the front right wheel was pushed
: backwards, it was almost touching or touching the rear
: of the fender)

: I honestly do not think I was driving faster than 40 mph.
: My front passenger HPS and side airbags inflated, scratching
: my passenger who otherwise would have been perfectly fine.
: I was not hurt in any way.

: What I do not understand is why my car did not turn or
: brake like it usually does. This happened very quickly, as
: it was a small road, but there was no traffic, nor was I
: driving even moderately agressively or "showing off" the car.
: I was cruising very comfortably, on my way to lunch, trying
: to relax during a hard day at school, and instead this happened.

: Has anybody had a similar experience or know of a similar experience that happened to them while they were turning their car? This is really confusing me, and makes me sad
: because as a result of this wreck my life is changed...

: Thanks...
: phil - doesn't know how to drive, I guess...

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