I've used this B road for ten years and know you have to drive with caution, so I checked my mirror to see where the guy I'd seen behind me was... lots of car lenths behind. Check speedo, 40mph, stay a fixed distance close to the kerb to allow optimum room and afford the furthest view ahead. The road bends right and vanishes downhill with a dense hedge on the inside obscuring the view. CRIPES! there's a giant tractor in the middle of the road...braking as much as possible whilst not trying to hurl Buddy off the back seat... there's just enough room to squeeze the Mazda between the tractor and the kerb... it's micrometer close but we're okay..and he's pulling a trailer. I've noted the Smart car that's broken down that the tractor is overtaking but due to the trailer and curvature of the road I haven't yet seen the second identical giant tractor whose driver has limited vision and thinks it's okay to follow his mate and give an even wider berth to the obstruction that he probably hasn't seen yet. He spots me and swerves back...but he's also pulling a trailer which almost reaches the kerb on my side... all the while I'm still braking as little as possible but I'm aware that Buddy just bumped into the back of my seat...I realise we will miss contact by inches...still doing between 5 and 10 mph...judged that well under the circumstances. We could have been KERAPP, man, that headrests hard..sh*t the guy behind has hit us hard, Buddy's between the seats somehow. I'm looking at Janet who looks okay and looking at Buddy and feeling crap about putting him at risk.
He's on Janets knee, she's saying oh my car, it's alright boy and Buddy is shaking like a leaf. No serious injuries.
We pull the two cars forward about 100 yards to clear the bend. As I'm taking photographs of the location some pratt opens his passenger window to say "stupid place to leave your car" to me. I suggest that he looks like an expert on stupid and give him a couple of tips.
I am pleased to say that our insurers were not only reasonably priced but excellent. The Mazda should be repairable, particularly as the other party is paying. The loan car is an Astra.
..just have to wait for the steady flow of circling insurers to have their little swoop to inspect the carcass...
.." we're sorry to hear about your accident, has anyone been injured?"
You can sense the deflation as you tell them you're okay..
" oh okay then, if you do develop any kneck pains or suffer any trouble with your vision or realise you have an outstanding debt feel free to give us a ring. . akakakakak" (that's the noise they make as they try to shoo the others away)