24 Hours Investigating The Embarrassing Side of Driving


Everyone makes mistakes, right? I would imagine even the best race car drivers in the world occasionally forget to signal once in awhile. But let’s face it, some common driving sins are worse than others – and can be downright embarrassing, even when you are surrounded by the protection of your car. As it’s close to Christmas, I thought I would have a little fun and make a little mental note of all the driving mistakes I have seen in the past 24 hours. Read on to find out more.

The disastrous parallel park

Again, it wasn’t long until I saw some poor soul trying desperately to parallel park in a relatively big space. The driver was having one of those moments where spatial awareness had left them entirely, and they just couldn’t get it right. In the end, they just gave up and drove off. I’m not sure there is anything worse than struggling to park in a busy place – the poor person must have felt everyone’s eyes on them.

Leaving the gas cap on the car roof

It didn’t take long for the next mistake – and I will happily admit I was the culprit for sheer stupidity. There I was, keenly eyeing up the other cars at the busy gas station and seeking out mistakes that I made an enormous goof myself. I completely forgot to screw the gas cap back on. I filled her up, paid for the gas, and started up my car. Thankfully, I remembered just in time and didn’t drive off – but the irony of the situation wasn’t lost on me.

The permanent signal

Signal to turn left; turn left; turn off signal. It’s pretty easy. But when the car in front was still flashing away like nobody’s business a further mile down the road, I had to admit it was getting funny. At least they eventually signaled to go right – but I suspect that car still might be flashing as I write this.

The locksmith leaving the mall

OK, so I didn’t see the person who locked their keys in the car, and there could be a chance that the locksmith was doing some Christmas shopping. But let’s face it, the likelihood is that they were there on business, rescuing some forgetful, panicking person whose only other alternative would be to smash through a window. Locking yourself out of the car is more common than you think. And it’s why I had some spare car keys made up and keep them on my person at all times.

The drinker

While I have some sympathy for the situations above, I have none for the guy I saw getting arrested by the cops on the side of the road. Sure, it’s Christmas, but what kind of idiot thinks it’s OK to drink and drive? I hope it’s a wake-up call for him, and he felt suitably embarrassed when he sobered up.

OK, so that’s all I could come up while driving around yesterday – and had I really been looking, I suspect there could have been more. What is your most embarrassing driving blunder?  


24 Hours Investigating The Embarrassing Side of Driving
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