Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Stuck on Driving

My car has been mentioned on the news a few times as being
recalled because of a sticking gas pedal. They say the carpet
mat has a tendency to get stuck on the gas pedal, causing it
stay 'floored'.

Hmm...I really don't get this in any way, as you can see that
the mat is securely flat in its proper position:

Today I am hearing the problem is even worse...the
pedal may stick because of some other reason, and
cars are being recalled, and sales have been halted.

Now, I am not one to panic, and have been driving this
particular car for almost five years. I imagine some
people may have the problem, but I don't think the
gas pedal is going to suddenly 'stick' on me after this
many years just because the news stories are out.
I am willing to play the odds.

And I realize there must really really be a problem,
as a car company is not going to take these kind of
drastic measures for nothing.

But I have been driving for almost 40 years...I have
driven everything from boats and motorcycles to buses
and big rigs. Probably have racked up a couple million
miles in the process...when I lived in California, I put
more than 300,000 miles on my last car in 12 years
alone...I could have driven to the moon and part-way
back in those 12 years.

I think if my gas pedal ever got stuck, I would have
a clear enough mind to flip it into neutral without

Peace be with you.


  1. That's good thinking, I wouldn't have thought about neutral.

  2. Yah it's not the end of the world if your pedal sticks. Just slam on the brakes or yes, do as you said and flip it into neutral. There isn't a car out there that the brakes can't stop it under full throttle...unless you're driving a Ducati or other high end car.

  3. I just heard about this today, Joe. That is scary as hell. Remember if anything happens, yank the keys and run!!!!