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Doug Vetter, ATP/CFI

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July 2, 2006

NOW it's Broken-In!

(Image: Speeding Warning)I live in an area that is patrolled by the State Police since we don't have our own police force. After working around the house all day, I decided to run out to get some ice cream.

As I pulled out of my driveway, I noticed that the odometer had quietly crept over 1200 miles on the trip I took the other day, so I was officially out of the break-in period. For some strange reason, I was overcome with a desire to have some fun.

To make a long story short, as I came over a rise I managed to come nose to nose with a NJ State Police cruiser travelling in the other lane. I hit the 330's phenomenal brakes as I saw the light bar come over the horizon, but that only got me down to a "reasonable" speed. It didn't take long for the officer to catch up with me.

Fortunately, I managed to talk my way out of it the way I always do. I was honest and respectful. The fact that I didn't have a radar detector in the car probably helped my case. In a few minutes the trooper came back to my car and told me that she was letting me off with a warning. As I took my license, registration and insurance card back with a copy of the warning, I smiled and said "thanks...I appreciate it. I was only going out for ice cream...and this could have been an expensive ice cream!" She smirked, shook her head in agreement and acknowleged "Yes, this could have been a VERY expensive ice cream. Have a good afternoon".

The owner's manual for the 2006 BMW may suggest that the car is out of break-in at 1200 miles, but I think you need something else to officiate it. I guess this is it!