Letter: Rehearse plan for quick reaction



Reading Walter Holy’s Oct. 4 letter, “Neutral overlooked as a solution,” obviously he’s never been in a car accelerating out of control. In that situation, there is little time to think of an appropriate action. When it happened to us, my wife’s quick action kept us from hitting a pickup and a house. As we hurtled across the yard and down an embankment, all I thought was “What the heck,” and all I saw was blue sky. As we landed in a ditch, my “quick thinking” instinctively resulted in turning off the racing engine. Yes, the car was in neutral — one of us accidentally hit the shift lever with a knee as we bounced down the bank. My advice to readers is rehearse the plan before the accident happens. We already have and now know what to do next time.

Ken Serviss