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Driver Survives 500Ft Drop Without A Scratch Thanks To Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S.El monty/Wikimedia

Elon Musk has expressed his commitment to traffic safety numerous times, even going so far as to say that he wants to cut down over 90 percent of traffic accidents. A recent incident involving a Tesla Model S dropping 500 feet downhill showcased exactly what Musk and his company were doing about this problem. Not only did the driver and the passenger survive, they walked away with barely a scratch.

The driver in question posted on a forum dedicated to Tesla vehicles about his experience on Sunday, detailing exactly what had happened. Not wanting any attention, the driver also preferred to remain anonymous.

“Thursday evening my friend and I were driving home from Berkeley, CA to the Oakland hills on grizzly peak blvd,” the post from user whttiger25 reads. “Driving perhaps a tad too spirited, a deer appeared at a curve at the worst possible moment. I instinctively (mistakenly) swerved to avoid it and my car ended up over the edge. We tumbled perhaps 150-200 feet down a steep slope, ended up upside down. While it was certainly the most terrifying seconds of my life, as we came to a rest I realized we were both totally ok. The cabin of the vehicle was totally intact. We climbed out with only bruises and muscle soreness.”

“I don't know how to compare this with other cars but it felt rock solid to me and I feel lucky to be alive because of my tesla,” the driver added, referring to the body of his Model S. “Once I get insurance worked out I'm sure I'll be in another one. Maybe I'll be driving those mountain roads at night a bit more cautiously.”

The driver learned later on that they didn’t fall 200 feet, but rather, 500 feet, Electrek report. That’s a considerable drop and one that would have totaled less durable vehicles. The driver was so impressed with the Tesla Model S and expressed an interest in getting another one.

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