I’m sure all car lovers out there have experienced some pretty disastrous malfunctions on the road, I know I have had my fair share. So, in homage to all the victims of car malfunctions out there, I have created this article based upon my top 5 funniest car malfunction stories – some of my own experience and others from a great forum I found on reddit.
1. Peugeot exhaust falls off on dual carriageway
As if Monday morning traffic isn’t bad enough, you must really have some ace luck to break down in this horror.
Whether you are driving to work or rushing to the doctors so that you can get to work on time (in my case), timing is always key when planning a car journey. Luckily, I gave myself enough buffer time as collateral damage so I did actually manage to get to work when I planned, however at the cost of my beloved 206.
I can admit that my relationship with my already used car has not been the most stable and we have definitely had a few bumps in the road but my biggest one has got to be when my exhaust decided to fall off whilst I was driving down a dual carriage way.
As you know, on dual carriageways there are not many (if any) places to pull up in an emergency…However, lucky for me, there was a car auction place just off the dual carriageway so in my frantic panic of seeing my exhaust dragging along the road in my rear-view mirror I was able to pull up and freak out in front of a load of car specialists.
2. Burglars caught by their own sat nav
Two burglars were convicted of seven years imprisonment when their luck finally ran out. Karma is a term that can be used to give reason to how they got caught however, sat nav is probably a more accurate reason.
The ten month burgling spree was conducted right out the back of Ian Clyde’s work van which was probably not the smartest idea as the sat nav of the van provided a record of Clyde’s and his partner in crimes precise movements.
3. Sat nav leaves pizza delivery boy stranded on train tracks when train is approaching
When you’re a pizza deliverer, your sat nav is generally your best friend and number one back seat driver however, sometimes the back seat driver can get it horribly wrong!
The 23 year old was minding his own business just casually jamming to Smooth radio on his last round for the night when he found himself in a bit of a sticky situation when his sat nav lead him the wrong way and straight onto some train tracks just as a train was approaching. This situation is definitely one of those Hollywood moments and his story could possibly turn him into an international superstar, however, at the time, Miles from Michigan probably was’nt thinking about that. Luckily, Miles was able to escape the situation unharmed (although, now carless) and even managed to go back for the pizza in time before the train struck.
Moral of the story – don’t trust anyone. Even your electronic best friend.
4. That awkward moment when you’re casually driving down the road and your clutch pops out…
Credit to a friend of mine for this classic rib tickler whose clutch decided to pop out midway driving down a busy main road. Possibly part of his own causing (and by part I mean all), my friend deciding to ignore the mechanic at his MOT and decided to repair his clutch himself causing it to separate from the gear box leaving him unable to get out of second gear the whole way home.
There is a lot to learn from this story and generally, it’s to leave it up to the professionals. I mean come on, if you use duct tape to repair your clutch the chances are that you are not going to get very far before it pops out again.
5. Woman’s not so trustworthy navigation system lead her into a cornfield and then a sand trap
Maybe a hole in one was not exactly what a woman from Massachusetts had planned for her car journey when she drove into a sand trap on a golf course but that’s definitely what she got. Of course, this was not the poor woman’s fault as her navigation system sent her vehicle well over par and off course. A police officer at the scene stated that her sat nav told her to turn left which brought her into a cornfield and in her panic of trying to extricate herself from the field she ended up driving straight into a sand trap.