Sounds like your clutch is sssslip­ping

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

mov­ing house is tricky enough?

Try it when your pet snake es­capes as you’re driv­ing one of Scot­land’s busiest roads.

Re­tired IT spe­cial­ist Jim Pater­son was help­ing his son Martin move when Magic the corn snake slith­ered out of her box.

Jim, 63, from South Queens­ferry, had promised to drive Magic to In­ver­ness.

“I se­cured her in the tank and set off along the M90,” said Jim.

“But en route to Perth I could feel some­thing at my feet,” said Jim.

“I thought that the floor mat had worked lose and moved it aside with my feet. “I must have been trav­el­ling about 50mph.”

It wasn’t a floor mat, though, it was Magic.

Jim only re­alised that she was on the loose when he no­ticed her tail dis­ap­pear be­hind the dash­board.

He thought the best op­tion was to stop as soon as pos­si­ble and pulled his Honda CRV in at Perth.

But there was no sign of her un­der the bon­net or else­where.

“I called the SSPCA but they ad­vised me to get the help of a mechanic,” he said.

“So I drove back to South Queens­ferry and tried again to carry out thor­ough search for Martin’s snake.

“It was then that I called our lo­cal garage, Hawes.” Mechanic Ian Mackay says he was stunned at a re­quest to find a snake in a car in Jim’s Honda. By chance, he had two corn snakes of his own and wasn’t fazed by the hunt.

“To be hon­est, I thought Jim was kid­ding at first,” said Ian, 40.

“We have had a few in­ter­est­ing cus­tomer re­quests over the years.

“They in­cluded un­lock­ing a car for a tear­ful mum with her

Jim Pater­son with pet snake Magic af­ter mechanic Ian Mackay, left, finds it hid­ing be­hind the car’s dash­board

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