Video: Woman drives car into supermarket

July 10, 2013 | By | In News

Thanks to our traditional preference for manual gearboxes, runaway cars ploughing into shop frontages is a danger that we are mercifully spared, at least most of the time.

However, in other parts of the world, where drivers old and young rely on automatics and where a moment’s inattention can send a car lurching forward, it can be a somewhat more common occurrence, as this latest footage from Australia shows.

The elderly woman at the wheel of the white hatchback had seemingly got flustered after reversing into another vehicle in the car park, and in a panic, selected 'Drive' and floored it straight into the shop window.

CCTV footage of the incident shows the driver narrowly missing a customer in the shop, and the plumes of smoke generated after the car has stopped as the dazed driver resolutely keeps the throttle pinned into the carpet.

Incidents such as this raise the debate of whether older drivers should be subject to increased driving restrictions or mandatory testing. Do you think this should happen, or do you think such suggestions discriminate drivers simply because of their age? Have your say below.

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