According to the information in the blog posting of the driver, this was from someone who had recently purchased a luxury vehicle. The driver and his female passenger were taking the new vehicle for a leisurely weekend drive. Jon and Carol Shaw, named as the owners of the car, hadn’t expected the random smart car behavior they had experienced with less than five hundred miles on the odometer. Driving along a scenic road near Tuscany, the driver had modestly set the cruise control at the posted speed limit rather than risk receiving a ticket from the automated Italian speed traps. For half an hour or so they chatted and took in the countryside, which was awash with summer color and dotted with various animals on the hillsides.
It was quite a pleasant road trip until the accelerator started to increase and then abruptly decreased before the driver could respond. In fact, controlling the steering wheel seemed to be the driver’s focus as the brakes completely disappeared. Then the wheels seemed to lock-up before the vehicle came to a stop. According to the post that had accompanied the smart car downloads, the driver had barely missed a head on crash with a Braunvieh, who had been calmly chewing her cud as she’d swatted flies with her tail, just before the vehicle crashed through a fence.
The Internet posting became a bit more interesting when the Shaw couple was issued a reckless driving citation by the police.
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