Okay, this happened yesterday while driving to work. As you might know (and don't care), I live up a mountain (the Dent du Chat) overseeing the CMF
area (very good for spotting, great view, peaceful surroundings....)
However, in winter, it often snows, and one has to drive carefully, especially when coming down (up is usually no problem).
Yesterday, while entering my car, I knew that I had snow tires on the front, so there shouldn't be any problem for me.
What I did not knew (and did not check), was that my rear tires were quite worn, and that alone cancels all the positive effect of winter tires.
So here I am, driving slowly, carefully, not using the brake, and then it happens... the road curves (a little), so I slowly turn the steering wheel... and the rear wheels block themselves...
My car start to spin slowly, and I tells to myself "there should be no problem, I was aimed in the good direction, the car should followw its inertia and stay on the road and stop very quickly."
Of course, that didn't happen. The road was not level, so the car immediately aimed for the left side, where the precipice was. Okay, nt that much of a precipice (only 5 or 6 meter high, but very steep, and with a lot of trees - I knew if I went pass the cliff, I would at least hit a tree, and kiss my car goodbye...)
Fortunately, I seemed to be in luck, my car stopped on the edge of the cliff, right between two trees without hitting those...
As you can see on the pictures, I was indeed in luck. However, the front right wheel not touching the ground, I decided not to try and drive it away myself, so I called a breackdown truck who hauled me back on the orad. (just had to wait one hour in the cold for it to arrive...)
Note the elegant track my car followed while doing its 345 degrees spin
While waiting for the truck, a snowplough drove by (I wish he had cleaned up that road an hour earlier !!!). I signalled the driver that my car was there, so that he does not throw snow on it (I was a bit concerned of the equilibrium of my ride at that moment). Well, as you can see on this photo, its track show that even this snowplough skidded on that part of the road.
Fortunately, now my car is back out of the ditch, nothing as been hit on it, and I have a set of pictures to show (unfortunately, they cannot make it to A.net database...)
707, lucky and safe