theholycow wrote:When I was learning to drive, the first thing my dad told me was if I couldn't stop the car (brakes failed, throttle stuck, whatever) I should turn the key to "Off". I never forgot it. Since then I've figured out plenty of other ways; neutral, steering into something that will stop the car without hurting me (scrape along a guardrail, get stuck in a ditch, enjoy my air bags as I hit a lightweight parked car, whatever), etc...but I've never forgotten that I can still just shut the damn thing off.
When you shut it off in D, you can't turn it all the way back to lock the steering wheel.
I've kinda always assumed that it was common knowledge to shut it off if it's out of control. I guess not.
I had a problem like this a few years back, I was driving my '86 Fiero SE on a mountain run and I looked down to see the temp gauge pegged at like 320* F
. My first instinct was to save the engine so I turned the ignition to "Off", what happened next is when it got interesting
. I didn't know about turning it back to "Acc" or "Run", so the steering wheel locked and I panicked, going like 45-50 on a mountain with no steering, no power, and manual brakes
. The car ended up going into a pretty shallow ditch and it stopped without really damaging anything (I'm damn glad I still had braking, lol, even w/o power assist). So, yes, turning off your car can make things a lot worse
, at least if you forget to turn the key back to "acc" or w/e.