We first spotted this video posted over on Jalopnik, which inspired us to root around for a few more examples of the hazards of car ownership when conditions turn cold.

But first the video above, which was filmed by a neighbour in housing estate in Paignton last week. The Ford Fiesta which was being driven slowly down the road begins to slide out of control and rather than stay in the car, the occupants decide it would be a better idea to bail out. The driver was very lucky not to be injured after being partially dragged under the car.

The person filming the scene (wynne1975 on YouTube) describes what he saw;

Shocking driving conditions in Paignton on the busiest shopping day of the year. The car is barely moving but the hill makes stopping impossible and both people in the front of the car decide to jump out?????

The couple were warned by neighbours not to venture out that day and they were the only people to attempt to drive on that road. There were numerous pedestrians around who could barely walk on the black ice so a car really stood no chance.

Near the start of the video you can see a recovery truck. This had been stuck there, blocking the road for 3 hours and didn’t move for another 2 hours after this incident.

The reason the video ends abruptly is because my wife and I raced downstairs to see if there were any injuries to the couple. Once I made it past the red cars in the right of the frame, it was clear that several people were seeing to the couple around where the car ended up.

Pretty obvious to see why many people are finding this so funny but believe me, not one person who witnessed this was laughing at the time. My wife and I felt physically sick, as did many others. Thankfully, the couple involved didn’t suffer any serious injuries. More importantly, no pedestrians or children were hit by the abandoned car.

PLEASE, check your local roads before setting out on a journey. Listen to local radio, speak to neighbours and try to avoid being part of incidents like this.

Merry Xmas all!

Picture of the Ford Fiesta after coming to a halt

Sometime the roads are just too icy to drive, so let’s be careful out there during the festive period.

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Steve Davies

Steve is an investor, private equity advisor and former Partner at KPMG, PwC and Bain.   Most importantly he's a life-long car enthusiast, mountain biker and active sports enthusiast. He designs and builds technology platforms and is the architect behind Transmission.

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