The latest entry in a fast-growing series of recent stories of people crashing cars with manual transmissions comes from Reddit’s u / Kanagawabatice, who posted a short video of a Mustang in a garage with the caption: “When you let your 7-year-old drive And he forgot to get it out of gear. “
The video, as promised, shows the back of a red, fifth-generation Ford Mustang in a garage. Since the gearbox is not neutral, the car can be heard to start before moving forward and hitting the back wall of the garage.
As the commenter U / Logosfeidelis mentioned (correctly in my view), the title of this video should probably be “When you forgot to get your car out of gear before your 7-year-old started it.” In fact, the seven-year-old, who is not halfway through getting old enough to get a license, can’t be blamed for not yet fully understanding how to operate a car.
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Oddly enough, this is not the first time this has happened. In 2020, an almost identical crash was recorded with the more expensive Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.
Since this is becoming a trend, unfortunately, it can have tragic consequences (sorry for the bad mood), we should take some time to rethink how to prevent it.
When you start a car with a manual transmission, you need to push the clutch pedal to the floor, make sure the transmission is neutral (by moving the gear lever to the middle position where it can rotate freely from side to side) and then turn the key ( Or press the start button), otherwise the car will move to the front (or rear, if you are reversed), just as it did in this case. If you do not plan to move immediately, it is best to use a handbrake to prevent the car from overturning.