An 8-year-old boy is unscathed after taking his parents’ car for a joyride on Germany’s high-speed autobahn one Thursday.

Police in the western city of Soest said the boy’s mother called just after midnight to report that her son, who is a car lover, had driven off in her automatic transmission Volkswagen Golf.

The boy regularly drives go-carts and bumper cars, police said in a press release.

Police launched a search of the highway but it was his mother who found him about 30 minutes later at a rest stop west of the city.

“I only wanted to drive around a bit,” the boy said, according to police.

But the highway speeds of roughly 86 miles per hour in the dark left the boy feeling uncomfortable. He decided to pull over in the rest area, parking in the corner of the lot and turning on his hazard lights, police said.

By some miracle, no injuries or damages were reported.

L’il Road Warriors

Four Australian kids took running away from home to a new level last July when they wrote a goodbye note and absconded with cash, fishing gear and an SUV belonging to one of their parents. 

The three boys and one girl, aged 10 to 14, left Rockhampton in Queensland and headed south to Grafton, a trip of more than 600 miles. Along the way, they twice bought gas without paying and survived a short police chase in New South Wales, which was terminated by the highway patrol “due to age of the driver and road conditions,” Acting Police Inspector Darren Williams told Fox News. 

The next day, around 10:30 p.m., police finally caught up with the kids, who locked the doors and refused to exit the car. An officer broke a window with a baton to gain entry. The young thieves will be charged, but they couldn’t be questioned until their parents showed up–they were too young.