Phistel (fis’ tul) – n. The brake pedal on the passenger side of the car that you wish existed when you’re riding with a lunatic.
No matter if you are on the highways for the holidays, or even just riding around town, there are going to be times when you are going to want a phistel. The phistel is usually worked in tandem with the “Oh S**t!” bar. One of these things is imaginary, and the other usually does exists, depending on the vehicle you are riding in. Say you are riding with a person that is a speed demon, and maybe you are on a mountain road, and you can see a drop off from your window. You will be hitting that phistel pretty hard as your speedy driver goes barrelling down the hill. You might be tapping the phistel, and grabbing at the “Oh S**t!” bar at the same time, and if that mountain road is long and winding, you might soon find yourself turning to the driver and asking, “What’s that burning smell?” If he or she answers, ‘Oh, that’s the brakes,” feel free to freak out. You can slam on that phistel all you want, but this ride ain’t over till the driver is ready to stop.