08 June 2011

the loaner

my car is in the shop for a day. while the service department is  working on it, the dealership has given me this loaner to drive. it's my car, a few years older and just different enough to be unsettling. first off, it's an automatic, not a five-speed. having my left foot still and stationary takes some mighty effort and i have to consciously fight the urge to brake with it. at one point, after pulling off the road for a line of screaming fire trucks, i hold down the brake (thinking it's the clutch, of course) and try to give the car some gas to get going. and i couldn't figure out why on earth i was going nowhere, spinning wheels even! as if that's not bad enough, the radio presets look and feel just like my own - but of course, they are not. someone else's cds are in the player. and i had to get out of the car and shut the trunk after i unwittingly unlatched it while trying to open the gas tank door. i'm so looking forward to having my comfortable old car back - and soon!

8 comments:

middle child said...

Oh, but enjoy the fun while you have this new toy to play with!

Lynne said...

Like many things, this too will pass! ;-)

keishua said...

new to you cars are tricky. My car is a hand me down but it was a dramatic change from old one. All the buttons and gears are in completely different places. Sometimes, I still forget what's what but you get use to it.

Anne said...

I got my new car last October and it was only yesterday I found out where the rear windscreen wiper switch was!!

I know, I should read the owners manual but my excuse is that I didn't actually need to use the rear windscreen wiper until yesterday!!

Tabor said...

I will have to buy a new car in the next year or so and you have just reminded me to be careful what I wish for!

Deedee said...

Haha! I started driving on a four speed and it took a while to get used to an automatic. I know exactly what you mean, Chris!

Holley said...

ah yes, it is hard to switch from automatic to manual. Similarly, we just bought a new car that is a 6 speed, and reverse is basically first gear with the shifter pressed down and moved just a slight bit to the left.
Also, 6th is where Reverse usually is. I'm afraid to use 6th gear because "it should be R".

Erin VanVlerah Vining said...

Thank you so much for the laugh! It is nice to know I am not the only one who is a creature of habit! Great post!