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Car smashes into neighbour’s garage after driver turns on engine to de-ice windscreen [Video]

Car smashes into neighbour’s garage after driver turns on engine to de-ice windscreen [Video]

A hapless driver turned on his car engine to de-ice the windscreen – only for the hatchback to lurch backwards and smash into his neighbour’s garage because he’d left it in gear. 

CCTV footage, which has gone viral on TikTok, shows Daniel Johnston, of Bingham, Nottingham, desperately trying to grab the steering wheel as his Ford Fiesta reverses on January 12. 

The 19-year-old was left in a ‘blind panic’ when the car crunched into his neighbour’s grey panelled garage – causing £750 worth of damage.  

Daniel Johnston, 19, of Bingham, Nottingham, turned on his hatchback’s engine so the heated windscreen would quickly clear the ice before he drove to work on January 12

But the teenager was left in a 'blind panic' when the 2015 Ford Fiesta Zetec lurched backwards and crunched into his neighbour's grey panelled garage - causing an eye-watering £750 worth of damage

But the teenager was left in a ‘blind panic’ when the 2015 Ford Fiesta Zetec lurched backwards and crunched into his neighbour’s grey panelled garage – causing an eye-watering £750 worth of damage

CCTV footage from neighbour Nick Langstaff's house - which has since gone viral on TikTok - shows Mr Johnston desperately trying to grab the wheel as the car jolts backwards

CCTV footage from neighbour Nick Langstaff’s house – which has since gone viral on TikTok – shows Mr Johnston desperately trying to grab the wheel as the car jolts backwards

Footage shows the 2015 Zetec only stopping when it smashes into the metal garage door, causing a loud crunch that sounds ‘like an explosion’ as parents on the school run look in shock from the pavement.

Mr Johnston then puts his hands on his head in disbelief before immediately knocking on his neighbour retired police officer Nick Langstaff’s door to admit his blunder.

The 67-year-old, who lives with wife Jules Langstaff, had allowed Mr Johnston to park on his drive because his house next door doesn’t have as much room.

Luckily Nick found it hard to be angry at Mr Johnston because he’d done the same thing a few years ago – and admitted if it was him ‘he’d have legged it down the street’.

Mr Johnston, who had been heading to work as a car salesman, said his vehicle doesn’t need a foot on the clutch to start its engine, so accidentally leaving the car in reverse with the handbrake not fully on meant it moved on its own.

Mr Johnston said: ‘I got in late the night before, so I must have put the car in reverse and turned the car off straight after. It’s usually always in neutral.

‘The car was iced up so I was going to turn my engine on and then go to the boot to get the de-icer and obviously as soon as I turned the key it just reversed.

The car only stops when it smashes into the metal garage door causing a loud crunch that sounds 'like an explosion' as parents on the school run look in shock from the pavement

The car only stops when it smashes into the metal garage door causing a loud crunch that sounds ‘like an explosion’ as parents on the school run look in shock from the pavement

‘My handbrake was up but not fully locked up. Usually if something happens you can push it out of gear, but I was too shocked to react and my hand stayed on my key.

‘I grabbed my steering wheel but I didn’t know what I was trying to do. It was just blind panic and it was early in the morning so I was tired.

‘The car was two metres inside the garage and I just thought ‘what have I done?’. The bang sounded like an explosion.

‘I had to go and knock [on Nick’s door] straight away, but when they answered they said ‘don’t worry we already know’.

‘They were very understanding and calm about it, I was grateful for that, they’re nice people.

‘I knew I’d have to pay up. You have savings for a reason, I guess. I’m going to park on the roads because I don’t need to be on the driveway.

The car salesman said his vehicle doesn't need a foot on the clutch to start its engine, so accidentally leaving the car in reverse with the handbrake not fully on meant it moved on its own

The car salesman said his vehicle doesn’t need a foot on the clutch to start its engine, so accidentally leaving the car in reverse with the handbrake not fully on meant it moved on its own

‘I never start my car [when I’m] outside and make sure it’s in neutral. I keep moving the gear stick left to right, left to right.’

Mr Johnston’s bumper was ripped off in the incident and he was left with a dent in the side of the car, but luckily he had the £400 worth of damage fixed at his work for £120.

Nick heard the crash from his kitchen while he was making a brew and says he immediately knew what had happened.

The car even pushed wheels from a bike inside the garage through the wall into Jules’ sewing room.

However, forgiving Nick, who had the door straightened on the day, understands the collision was an accident and he’ll pay for the replacement until Mr Johnston has the money to pay him back.

Nick said: ‘We couldn’t get cross with the lad because the first thing he did was come straight to the front door.

Mr Johnston has since posted the footage on TikTok, which has garnered over 2.8million views

Mr Johnston has since posted the footage on TikTok, which has garnered over 2.8million views

‘I think I’d have legged it down the street. Accidents happen. I was in the kitchen making a cup of coffee when I heard a great bang and I said, ‘what the f**king hell is that’, then thought I knew the sounds from what I’d done it myself.

‘It sounded like metal crumpling. Behind the garage door is my bike and the wheel went straight through the inner wall, so that’ll need fixing as well.

‘I can’t get in there to fix it because I can’t get the door open yet. His brother parks there now because he’s got an automatic and apparently that sort of thing can’t happen again.’

The regretful teen insists he’s learned his lesson and has sent a message to fellow drivers looking to quickly de-ice their car on bitter mornings.

Mr Johnston added: ‘Always double check it’s in neutral or you’ll have a big bill on your hands.

He has since posted the footage on TikTok, which has garnered over 2.8million views, and captioned it: ‘I don’t think I’ll be parking on the neighbour’s drive again anytime soon’.

One viewer joked: ‘You can’t park that there mate.’

Another added: ‘This is why the insurance for new drivers is so high.’

One other said: ‘Ffs u can see the devastation when he puts his hand on his head.’

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