Automobile quandry. How can a car accelerate on it's own?
I send this as a private message to someone and he is threatening to publicly post it. You probably know who he is. Very arrogant ba$tard.
Can you tell me how a car can accelerate itself, with no one in the car?
The mother of this dude I know gave him a Ford Taurus when she stopped driving recently. He doesn't use it much. Yesterday he decided to use it because his other cars were low on gas and he didn't feel like going to the gas station. You can laugh, but he had to go to the grocery store to buy peanuts for the squirrels. Why? Because if he didn't, they wouldn't come to his yard and destroy his yard and house, which is very important to his wife.
He was supposed to do this the day before.
There is ice on his driveway, of course.
He backs the Taurus up on the lawn beyond the driveway so he can make the turn, and it gets stuck because it has no snow tires. He gets out of the car to survey the situation, and this is the important part, [B]he leaves it in drive[/B] because the car isn't going anywhere.
As he gets out, he hears the door shut behind him. He checks out the back area and nudges the car a bit. He pulls on the door handle to get back in the car. Locked. Evidently when the Ford Taurus is [B]in drive[/B] the doors lock automatically.
So now the car is running, locked, and nobody is inside. It's also still in Drive.
No big deal he thinks. He'll just let it run.
As he's staring at it, the engine revs, the front wheels spin, and the car moves sideways a bit. At the time he didn't know why the doors locked and he still doesn't know how it accelerated on it's own. Actually, he got a little chuckle out of it since no harm was done. The engine reved loudly ten seconds later and then does the same thing. It slid sideways even more though, and the front tires have now shifted to a less icy part of the driveway so they can grip gravel and go. He wasn't laughing anymore.
I should add that Led Zeppelin was blasting, making it look even more like the car was alive and driving itself.
I won't go into detail, but before this happened, he was trying to make a 90 degree turn to go down the driveway when he got stuck. The car, now with no one inside, made about a 30 degree turn on it's own because the steering wheel was turned to go down the driveway. When he nudged the car and got it off the ice, the car was now doing what he tried to do. All he knows is that if the car does this about four more times, it's going to right itself on the driveway... slide down into the street.... with no one in it... locked... and Whole Lotta Love blaring... At this point he was worried about making the local news as buffoon of the week, and everybody knows everybody up here.
He contemplated getting a sledge hammer to break the driver side window and shut the car off. Fortunately the car didn't rev on it's own anymore.
He called his wife to come home with the only other key. She said he sounded so shook up that she thought there was a death in the family.
He's a pretty bright guy...personable...could have happened to anyone.