Update: The person who sent the original photos, kindly asked me to remove the photos, as he is putting the experience in the past. So, I agreed, as I can understand his request. Unfortunately, these blog posts open people like me to ridicule, because we apparently can’t drive, are always speeding and in general just have a complete disregard for what a modern 4×4 should be capable of.
I have no idea whether this story is true or not, as I don’t know the person who sent it in to me. As the owner of a Toyota Fortuner that used to feel really unsafe (before I spent R11000 to upgrade the tires, shocks will have to wait) on gravel roads, I can certainly see how this story can be true.
I rolled my Fortuner approx. a year ago on a dirt road when the tail
broke loose at a corrugated section.Was travelling at about 90km/hour;
this after a Isuzu overtook me and continued over the same stretch of
road. Travelled the same road before in Colt Rodeo @ approximately
110km/hour without any incident.
Toyota can defend as much as they want to, but this vehicle is
DANGEROUS on gravel roads; especially if you do not reduce tyre
pressure. On tar roads it is an absolute pleasure to drive
I wrote back, and he gave me more detail.
This was the first accident I was involved in and it was nearly fatal.
I was too thankful that I survived to even go to Toyota, although most
people advised me to take it further.At this stage I am extremely angry
as I initially blamed myself by thinking that I lost concentration and
that was the cause of the accident. I’ve been driving on gravel roads
for the better part of my life and those who know me said I must have
been driving too fast, which was not the case. The worst part was that
I had to walk for over 2 hours to get help as I was uncertain of the
extent of my injuries. Am still affected by this entire nightmare and
like I say, I am so angry!
His second last sentence left me cold. It’s one thing to be in an accident on town, but it’s another thing when you are out in the sticks with your family, enjoying and trusting your 4×4, and then something like this happens.
I had to walk for over two hours to get help…
Damn. I asked him to sent me the photo’s, which he did…