From breaking down at a set of traffic lights to finding yourself stuck in the world’s longest tailback – every motorist has a driving horror story they’d rather forget. No matter how experienced a driver you are or how often you maintain your car, sometimes fate intervenes on the road, and you’re left wondering how you got into such a mess.
We’ve all had a head-in-hands, ‘WHY NOW?!’ moment while driving, so don’t be ashamed if you’ve ever accidentally left your lights on, scraped an alloy on a kerb, or forgot to top up the tank – because it really does happen to the best of us.
To prove you’re not the only one that’s ever got into a sticky situation at the wheel, we’ve been speaking to a handful of car bloggers about their own motoring misfortunes.
Buying a used car is pretty safe these days. As long as you check out the vehicle’s service history and buy from a reputable dealer, there’s every chance you’ll get plenty of happy, breakdown-free miles out of a used car.
But that’s not to say that things always go smoothly when buying used. In fact, for Niall Julian of Take to the Road, things couldn’t have gone much worse:
Most breakdowns occur because of a flat battery, overheating engine or tyre blowout, but sometimes weirder things can happen at the wheel that can take you completely by surprise – and often in the most difficult of circumstances.
This was certainly the case for Ben Quirk, journalist and writer at Planet Auto. Behind the wheel of an Mk2 Golf GTI, Ben experienced a mechanical fault that was totally unfamiliar, and seriously dangerous given the circumstances:
While traffic jams and tailbacks can be annoying, they’re bearable when you’re in a car with plenty of mod cons to keep you comfortable and entertained. But what happens when you don’t have the luxuries that we all take for granted these days, like air con for example?
Paul Hadley of Motor Verso is someone who’s experienced first-hand the misery of being stuck in a traffic jam in a car that’s just not suited to that kind of environment. Here, he fills us in on the time he was stuck on London’s M25 in the world’s least traffic-jam-friendly car:
We hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about other people’s worst driving stories. Whatever life throws at you out on the road, you can trust in Holts’ DIY car maintenance products to get you out of trouble. Our emergency car care range, which includes Tyreweld and Bradex Easy Start, is designed to get you back on the road following a breakdown. Find out more by visiting the Holts homepage today.