Here’s one of those hazards of 21st century technology: my car crashed on the 110 last night. No, not the actual car, just some sort of software problem. My 2004 Toyota Prius gave me some sort of Hybrid System Warning (with all lights on the dash and assorted warning beeps). I exited the highway post-haste and parked safely at the LAPD Internal Affairs office parking lot (seemed like it’d be a safe spot) and waited for roadside assistance.
Unfortunately the closest dealer for me to be towed to was Carson (where I bought the car) and not to Hollywood where I’ve had it serviced in the past. They’re looking at it now and I’m happy to report that they’re able to duplicate the problem (how many times have you called tech support and you can’t get the system to do whatever it is again?). I figure half the battle with fixing a car like this is figuring out the problem in the first place.
I consider myself lucky that the car didn’t quit altogether and that everyone on the 110 was nice enough to let me off quickly (I put on my hazards and I’m telling you, everyone yielded to me immediately). I had an alternator problem in my traditional car about 10 years ago (also on the 110) and lost all power and couldn’t even signal to get over to the shoulder and had no power steering or anything. I much prefer this sort of breakdown!
I’m carless at the moment, but if the repairs take more than a day I’ll have to get a loaner or something. Or maybe just start walking to work again.