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I never quite understand these reports when the driver can (apparently) do nothing about stopping the car.

If I was about to get mangled in a runaway - it'd go into neutral (manual or auto), to hell with over-revving the engine and on the first straight bit of road the key would get turned off - just short of locking the steering!

It did happen to me once - in of all things a 289 Cobra - throttle stuck on full - and believe me that IS scary, but only for a few seconds until you kill the ignition and or neutral the car.

Why do these people carry on mile after mile?

Perhaps I'm missing something?

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The BMW post makes reference to the driver trying to select neutral but the car refusing to do it. A lot of auto boxes won't drop into neutral at full throttle, and I heard a similar report a few years back where a copper recovering a stolen Porker ended up smashing it into a house because whoever had stolen it had sabotaged the throttle to jam (well that was his story, anyway.)

As for turning off the ignition, that's fine if you're on a very straight stretch of road and are sure that the steering will lock in a straight line. Personally, on a motorway, I'd do that and take the chance of glancing off the Armco rather than running out of control until I had no alternative other than to hit something very hard.

Of course, with a lot of Renaults, you're at the mercy of the magical stop/start button, which I'm pretty sure won't allow you to switch the engine off if the car is moving (I think I tried it in my IDE a couple of times when the engine went into limp home mode, and I always had to bring the car to a complete halt before stopping and restarting the engine.)

So a Renault with the stop/start button and automatic transmission probably leaves you out of options if this happens. Maybe it'd be an idea to have a driver-accessible 'kill switch' on these models (though that won't help if the dCi decides to start using its own sump oil as fuel.)
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I think the BMW driver's main problem was that he had two choices - plummet, head-long down the motorway at a speed which is in theory far in excess of what his 318i is capable of achieving...or suffer the humiliation of driving a BMW in something other than the right hand lane

I had my accelerator jam under the floor mat once, and I was still able to put it into neutral and bring the car to a stop.

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