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He’s alive thanks to superior Subaru engineering.
I had a Subaru, one of the best cars I ever owned.
Here’s his story in his own words:
As an auto enthusiast, when you have a nice relatively fast car with a loud exhaust you tend to like tunnels. They make your exhaust sound that much better, sort of like singing in the shower… Well, I found myself accelerating through this nice long and dark pair of tunnels; I had done this many times before in other tunnels. At the exit, I could barely see because it was so bright, a person standing and holding something while motioning. Wondering what they were doing, I stared, and stared, reaching the top of 4th gear, all while trying to comprehend what they were trying to tell me. Then I figured it out. They were telling me to slow down and watch the curve ahead, but it was too late. When I think about it now, I don’t ever remember seeing the road ahead until I was nearly out of the tunnel. In my mind I had assumed that it just went straight. At that point I was exiting the tunnel straight as the road curved to the left. I had no time to slam on my brakes beforehand. Realizing I was going way too fast for that section, I applied the brakes softly in an effort to keep the back end from sliding out, but, combined with a bump and rough switch in surface texture from concrete to asphalt, I lost traction. I began sliding to the left, the car oversteering, rotating counter-clockwise, over the center marker. I counter-steered, turning the steering wheel all the way to the right, but kept sliding to the left into the turnout. It was at this moment I knew, I had fucked up.
…You can read the whole story at the YouTube link.
I cringed when the skid started.
I learned to drive a standard transmission on a Subaru wagon. I was hired to deliver prescriptions to various nursing homes by a pharmacy down in MA. The guy teaching me the routes was only a few years older than me and his words of wisdom when I told him I didn’t drive a stick shift were “No better time to learn than when you’re driving a company car!” Seeing no errors in his logic I let my foot off the clutch and the car shuddered to the first of many stops that day. Took a couple of days of trial and error but I got it.
“Used Subaru for sale–body damage and soiled driver’s seat.”
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