WEEKLY WINE DOWN: The joys of a bingle

WHAT a car crash of a week!

No, literally, I had a car crash this week.

It was just a minor ding after someone backed into me while in a car park, but it was very annoying, all the same.

It was one of those things where I could see it happening, but couldn’t do anything to stop it.

I beeped my horn, while a very kind bystander shouted for the driver to stop, however it was too late.

This little incident was only the second that I have been involved in; the other, also, was not my fault.

The first was a pretty major smash where I, fortunately, walked away unharmed, which is more than I could say for my early 2000s model Holden Vectra.

Between the two accidents, though, this one is possibly more annoying, being that I have a full-time job and don’t have a parent to just sort it out for me.

Also, now, not only do I have a dented car, but I also have to start the tiresome process of sorting it all out.

It starts with having to go and get a quote for it to be repaired, then weighing up the value in claiming or not claiming through insurance – this all the while dealing with the driver at fault, who I can only hope will make things simple.

This, of course, means I will be without my car for a day, while the damage is assessed, and then, depending on the time it takes to be repaired, potentially, I could be car-less for longer.

As I said, just annoying.

I actually liken minor car accidents to losing your purse or wallet.

Sure, you may have liked your wallet, but it won’t be long before you are in the store picking out a new one.

But the cancelling and then replacing of all the cards, on the other hand, that is the part we all dread.

Despite wanting to put all of this organising off, there isn’t any denying it – I just have to do it.

Tell me, is there any easy way to deal with this sort of thing without it significantly impacting your day-to-day life?

Have you found a shortcut after being involved in a minor ding?

I am all ears, people!

Until next week, keep your glasses full.

Cheers x


Growing up in Roseworthy and attending Kapunda High School, Laura joins The Bunyip in June, 2016 whilst completing the final year of a double degree in Journalism and International Relations at University of SA. This is Laura's first role as a Journalist following a stint at Gawler Council in the Communications Department. She will cover the news in the Playford and Mallala council regions. Outside of work, Laura enjoys anything health and well-being related, and can be regularly seen shopping for fresh, healthy produce at local markets.

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