Scary driving incident
Posted 14 February 2012 - 06:42 PM
Last Friday I was driving with my wife. As I approached a red light, my automatic reaction was to take foot off gas, then put foot on break pedal. Sounds simple? Well it got a little complicated. As I approached the light, I noticed the car did not want to stop, so as I got closer to the light, I noticed the car's engine revving higher and higher. My first reaction was to press harder on the break pedal. I eventually came to a stop, all the while the cars engine was revving between 5000 & 6000 RPM. I threw the car in neutral. When I finally stopped panic'ing, I took my foot away from the break pedal, that's when everything went back to normal - with the car that is.
I came to the realization that my foot was on the gas and the break pedal at the same time!. This has never happened before and I have been driving for 33 years (I am 49) and because I am primarily affected on my right side, arm and leg, I was wondering could this be an episode of freezing?
My wife thinks there was something with the floor mat of the car, but I looked, there was nothing obstructing the gas pedal.
Is it possible that in moving my foot from the gas to the break, somehow the brain message did not get delivered properly? At the time I had just taken my meds, but it's not like I was completely off,
Posted 14 February 2012 - 07:23 PM
I stopped driving.
P.S. My DH said that our electronic ignition was an early version and it doesn't happen today. When Toyota had that problem they found it wasn't the ignition sticking but something else. He thinks it was the carpet getting in the way.
Edited by MarciaJ, 14 February 2012 - 07:46 PM.
Posted 15 February 2012 - 09:17 AM
Posted 15 February 2012 - 09:57 AM
I had a very similar situation (I hit a building!), which I still can't fully explain. The whole process I went through sounds very similar to what you describe in your post! I hear you...
Posted 01 March 2012 - 12:48 AM
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