Unfortunately, there are a plethora of ways to succumb to death in My Summer Car, most commonly crashing into something when driving one of the many vehicles or not managing the character's bodily needs. When the player character dies, the screen will turn into splatters of blood for around five seconds as the player character slowly screams their last. Blood will not splatter if the player character dies by drowning in sewage, getting electrocuted, getting stung by wasps or neglecting player attributes. Afterward, a newspaper will show on the screen informing the residents of Peräjärvi how the player character died and the song Routainen Maa will play.
If permanent death has been turned on and the player character dies, the save game will be deleted, awarding the player with the "And it's gone!" Steam achievement. Permanent death can be disabled by unchecking the permadeath option while creating a new profile. The setting cannot be changed easily once the game has been started, requiring the use of third-party tools.
Ways of dying
|Crashing in any vehicle.||Crashing into a vehicle or an obstacle in any vehicle other than the Jonnez ES.|
|Crashing during the rally||Crashing the car during the rally event.|
|Crashing on the moped.||Crashing into a vehicle or an obstacle while riding the moped.|
|Getting run over by a car.||Ran over by an AI car.|
|Getting run over by a train.||Ran over by a train when on foot.|
|Drowning in waste.||Falling into sewage well.|
|Electric shock||Answering the phone during a thunderstorm, or wiring Satsuma's electrical components without disconnecting the battery first.|
|Dehydration.||Dying of thirst.|
|Starvation.||Dying of hunger.|
|Burst bladder.||Dying of high urine levels.|
|Drunk driving accident.||Flipping the middle finger to Pena and making him drive faster so he can kill the player.|
|Murdered by Jouko||Steal the suitcase of money which spawns after taking Jouko home five times.|
|Dying from excess stress.||Having high levels of stress for a long time.|
|Drowning.||Going swimming in the lake when drunk.|
|Exploding and burning to death.||Smoking a cigarette while refueling.|
|Dying in a house fire.||Being inside a burning house and getting caught in the flames.|
|Getting stung by wasps.||Being near/inside the Ruscko or the Mansion without neutralizing the respective wasp nests first.|
|Getting hit in the eye by a bumblebee.||Driving over 72 km/h without a helmet when there is no windshield.|
|Dying while riding in the EDM 500LX.||Dying in a car crash while riding in Kuski's car.|
|Getting run over by rally car.||Ran over by any of the AI rally cars that run the Rally Sprint Race on Saturday & Sunday.|
|Getting run over by drag car.||Ran over by any of the AI drag cars that run the Drag Race on Friday.|
|Drowning.||Swimming too far in the lake and drowning.|
Most of the game characters are quasi-immortal, thus they can be "killed" but will respawn eventually. Some are just immortal – they can't even be killed, they can only be knocked out. And some characters are completely invulnerable – you can't do any harm to them. The only character that can really die and remain dead is Jouko, but this can only happen during his personal storyline and not by some direct means like purposely running him over.
When a non-invulnerable character is punched in the face,he will be knocked out (eventually). If a non-invulnerable character crashes while inside the car, he will be killed, with the only exception being Suski, who will be knocked out instead. But if non-invulnerable character gets run over while being on foot, he will be killed or knocked out, depending on the character (see below). Note that characters sitting in a car can't be knocked out by punching them.
Characters killed inside a car will not give any signs of life and their car will be splattered in blood. Unfortunately, if the character was on foot, visually there won't be any difference if he was killed or knocked out - he will just look unconscious and his ragdoll will twitch randomly.
Even though it's not a big deal for a character if he is killed (he will return from the grave and will continue to annoy you), it becomes a serious problem for the player if he kills someone because he will be punished with imprisonment. Fatally running someone over (i.e. manslaughter) is a 10-day sentence. Colliding with another car so that its driver dies (i.e. traffic fatality) is a 5-day sentence. However, if a character's death wasn't caused directly by your vehicle colliding with theirs, you will not be punished. E.g. if you're driving drunk at 150 km/h on the highway while towing a car full of passengers which swings into the opposing lane, causing an oncoming beer truck to plow into it and kill everyone inside, you will not be blamed. Also, if you are a rally participant, you won't be punished for running over spectators.
Mortal motorists, i.e. potential traffic fatality victims:
Mortal pedestrians, i.e. potential manslaughter victims:
Dying with permanent death turned on will cause the current save to be deleted, forcing the player to either restore from a backup or start a new game. Dying with permadeath mode enabled will also display an "autopsy report", which is a collection of various statistics prior to the player's demise.
If permanent death is turned off, the player character will respawn at the graveyard in Peräjärvi after clicking "continue" in the main menu, and all progress that happened prior to the death will be saved. From here you can wait for Pena to take you home directly or catch a bus to some stop on the highway. If you crashed in a car - it will remain on the site of a car accident. If you crashed in Hayosiko and Toivo still owns the van - he won't return it for you.
- Prior to the 18 August 2018 update, the player character was able to die from fatigue.
- If a character in a vehicle dies, they will be splattered with blood while in the car, but will not when they aren't in the car, except for getting run over by a car.
- Driving the Jonnez ES with no helmet will result in a bumblebee hitting the eye death.
- Prior to an unknown update, dying in a generic car crash would read in the newspaper as "Young male dead in car crash".
- Previously, if you hit ALT + F4 before pressing ESC on the newspaper, your save would not be affected - the game was only saved when you exited the newspaper screen. Since update 29.05.2020 the save is deleted at the moment of death.
- In very old versions of the game, hitting ALT + F4 partially saved the game (All parts that fell off will remain unscrewed).