It's not everyday that you and your girlfriend get into a terrible accident with your smarts during your daily morning commute. And it's not everyday that you get to walk away from said accident totally fine, however looking like a blood-covered zombie. But I get ahead of myself. Let's go back in time a bit.
Our story goes back to the early 2000s when I was traveling in Germany for work and first saw the smart car. I was hooked but at the time, smarts were not available in the US. So when they finally came, I was one of the first on a long waiting list and picked up my smart in April 2009, just a few days after my birthday. Though as it turned out, having just one smart for my girlfriend and I just wasn't enough. We didn't need extra passenger seats or some SUV sized trunk; what we needed was another driver's seat. From the day we got my smart, the both of us couldn't stop “arguing” over who got to drive. So the best solution ended up being to get her her own smart.
Flash forward a few years and we're two of the most recognizable cars on the road where we live. We even commute to work together in a mini two-smart caravan. People recognize us, see us every day, wave and smile, and are just delighted whenever we zip past on the highway. Unfortunately, that was not the case on Tuesday, September 17th.
While driving down the highway, a car in front of my girlfriend's smart suddenly slammed on its brakes. She was able to stop in time thanks to smart's Mercedes-Benz designed brakes. Unfortunately for us, I had just checked over my shoulder to change lanes. By the time I turned back, it was too late. She was stopped, and even though I reacted as quickly as possible, I still clipped her rear side fender sending her spinning off into the ditch, and myself into a spectacular series of five barrel rolls down the highway. After what seemed like an eternity, I came to a stop with the car lying on its passenger side. Not exactly how you want to start your day. I was pretty shaken up from the worst roller coaster ride ever, but like I said before, I was fine. I was able to get up on my own and pop my head out of the car to let everyone know I was ok. Unfortunately my cell phone was on the passenger seat, and during the melee managed to bump my head and give me a little gash. That's where all the blood came from, which made things look worse than they were.
What I took away from the experience was everyone's disbelief that I was alive, and not just alive, but essentially unharmed. The same goes for my girlfriend. She didn't have so much as a scratch on her after the whole ordeal. I did a lot of talking about smart's Tridion Safety Cell that day, and many times since. I know it's what saved my life. So while we weren't planning on buying a new smart this year, we're more than happy to continue driving the car that saved our lives.