I pulled up at a set of red traffic lights at the base of a hill today as did another car next to me. I glanced in my rear view mirror and saw a tip truck closing in on us and it was obvious that he couldn't stop at the rate he was going. The intersection ahead was still clear so I stamped on the accelerator about a second before he clipped the side of the other stopped car and continued through the intersection. If I had been in a manual in neutral, relying on a turbo to spool up or auto transmission to wake up I am sure I would have been hit, the car badly damaged and I probably have had severe whiplash. I was also very lucky that no other cars were in the intersection. The young family in the other car were shaken, but not injured.