Boy, 5, nearly drives into harbour
A German mum almost lost her car and her children when her five-year-old son started the ignition and nearly drove over the edge of a harbour.
Sarah Kaiser, 28, had just finished shopping at a Dusseldorf supermarket and returned to her silver Peugeot car which was parked next to the Rhine.
She told local police: "I put the key in the ignition to use the electronic button to open the boot and load up the shopping - and I left it there as the engine was not running."
But as she was strapping in her two-year-old daughter, her son David sat in the driver's seat and started turning the steering wheel - and then turned the ignition key.
The starter motor then sent the car jumping across the car park with the front wheels toppling over the edge of the harbour.
She said: "If it gone over the edge it could have been a disaster - instead my son had a very valuable lesson and the car was not damaged.
"But either way I will be more careful with the ignition keys in future."
Local police and firemen helped put the car back in a safe place, and the woman was allowed to drive home with her repentant son.
what do you think?
how the hell did he put in gear ?
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My guess is because its common practice to leave it in gear and with the hand break on this provents the car being pushed or rolling uncontrolled down a hill should the hand break fail. Now being a driver you remember to take it out of gear and back into neutral before you attempt to start the car. What i think happened here is she left in gear and when the kid turned the key this engaged the stater motor that turned over the engine and moved the car forward
I'm sure you're correct epinox, although that is more a practice applied to cars built in the 50'a &60's where the brake cable has stretched. This lass wouldn't have started driving until 2002 in contemporary (modern) cars, where it wouldn't have been taught, unless he father taught her.
who's to say it wasn't an automatic and the boy did a double somersault and kicked it with his left foot////////////////////////////////
So he nearly drove into a harbour and his mum almost lost her car and if it had gone over the edge it would have been a total disaster. But he didn't, she didn't, and it wasn't. So why are we reading about it?
Silver PEUGEOT car?......Looks more like a Citreon Saxo to me......
Matthew - The Peugeot 106 is very much the same as a Citroen Saxo - indeed it formed the basis for that car (Peugeot/Citroen are one company - PSA). I'd say that was a Peugeot.