A woman who found a huge, hairy spider on her car is now too scared to drive it again.
The spider, which has been nicknamed Christine, terrified an unnamed motorist from Armidale, New South Wales, Australia when she spotted it tucked inside handle of her passenger car door.
Posting photos of the spider online to the Facebook page, Australian Spider Identification, the woman wrote: "Thought it was hairy caterpillars at first. Haven't used my car for a week."
Snaps of the huge spider with its long legs spread across the length of the passenger door handle, have already attracted more than 500 comments online.
Reactions were split between horror and intrigue as to how the beastly arachnid earned the name 'Christine'.
One person said: "Leave the car, it belongs to the spider now. Put the keys on the ground & GO!"
A concerned member of the page wrote "This has now given me massive anxiety".
Someone enquired: :How do you know it's name is Christine?"
Another jokingly replied: "Just ask for its name".
"Or look at its name tag", a Facebook user who also saw the funny side, said.
Guidance states that the best way of keeping spiders away from cars during Australia's scorching summer months, is to avoid parking your car under trees as they are known to nest in leaves.
It is also recommended that motorists spray their car with insect repellent to keep them at bay.
The spider is believed to be likely a large huntsman spider, which are not considered to be dangerous, despite their confronting appearance.