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IIGood
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From: Arnold, MD, USA
Registered: Jun 99

posted 11-30-2006 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for IIGood        Reply w/Quote
Last night, my ladyfriend and I went up to see a concert in Baltimore (saw Godsmack, excellent show). Parked in a garage across from the arena; I pulled into a spot and we got out of the car and started heading for the stairs. As we got out of the car, I noticed a newer, yellow, semi-riced Cavalier coming down the ramp. It then veered off to it's left, then *BANG!!*, right into the driver's side rear bumper of a parked Camry. Shoved the Camry a good 3 feet to it's right, out of the spot. Apparently the Cavalier wasn't in gear and no brake set...oops.

We couldn't believe it. Quite a few witnesses...some people were just hanging out by their car, and a few other people had just pulled in as well and were headed for the stairs. No one knew what to do. When my friend and I came back after the show, the cars were still exactly as when we left them but the owners of each had shown up. They were exchanging info and had a cop there.

There weren't any cars on either side of the Camry. Had there been a car to the left, where the Cavalier stopped, it probably would've bounced off of that car and rolled further down the ramp.

Just couldn't believe that little event. Quite an interesting evening. Heh.

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indyphil
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From: Senoia, G.A. USA
Registered: Jul 2002

posted 11-30-2006 10:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indyphil        Reply w/Quote
Personally I dont trust "leaving it in gear" as the only method of holding the car steady so with a stick shift car I always put the parking brake on. I dont think the engine is enough to keep the car from rolling on steeper hills.

Now if you do leave it in gear, make sure you dont let some dumb kid drive your car who doesnt know to check its in neutral after he fires it up. you might end up with your new GT500 plowing into the back of your garage...

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