I had an afternoon of glitches. I had planned a short trip to the supermarket, but it was not to be. I would add I had noticed in the last couple of days that my car was not as it usually was. Yesterday it seemed to me that it did not really want to start and today it refused with the word telling me that the battery is weak and should be charge, uploaded or whatever. In other words, it was dead.
After this glitch I called my insurance. After some time, just around 15 minutes, the garage man arrived and got my car going again with some sort of mystifying machine. And then Glitch No. 2 arrived. I could now drive my car, but for a journey to the supermarket and home it could die: not during the journey but if I parked it in the supermarket there would be a large chance that it would not start again. It seems I do not drive the car enough. My 3-4 short journeys weekly to the supermarket do not give the battery a chance to upload. A car wants long journeys to give it strength. The guy from the garage was really good and gave me a choice of going for a long drive which would get it on its feet again, or drive to my garage, park it outside and leave it there. When the garage opens on Monday, I could discuss further steps.
The garage guy said he would drive behind me to the garage and bing me home again. And now the next glitch, you will not believe it. On the way to my garage I took the right turn to early and ……. yes I was on the motorway towards Zürich. Of course the garage guy had now disappeared behind me probably wondering what I was doing.
I did not even have a motorway sticker permit on my car. I decided to turn off at the next opportunity and the next opportunity was the motorway in the direction of Bern. I must say it must be at least 10 years since I was on a motorway. Then my rescue arrived when the motorway branched off towards Kriegstetten, a village I knew very well, and also the road, because my No. 1 son was at school there for many years.
I now have to cut a long story short. I at last managed to find the garage where I had arranged to meet the garage guy and deposit my car and believe it or not, he was there and waiting for me. He saw what happened and decided to wait hoping that I would return from my motorway tour. What a wonderful guy. In the meanwhile he had filled out a card. He then took my car key and deposited it in the garage letterbox.
This could really only happen to me, but one thing I realised. I can drive motorways again with no problem and I will tell my garage I want a sticker again on my car – who knows.
I will now probably get a new battery and have a word with my garage what my solution to the problem would be. Basically I should drive longer distances as this is something that could happen again after a year. I have had my car new for 15 months and was not expecting this.
I rest my case.