QOTD: Who Are the Biggest Road Buffoons?
Yesterday, Matt brought us a story about one Bhavesh Patel, a man who was found was sitting in the passenger seat of his Tesla Model S while his vehicle traveled down the motorway. He pleaded guilty and was slapped with a driving suspension, community service, and monetary fine.
Far from the only individual on this earth to take leave of their most basic common sense when behind the wheel, we’ve all seen people make questionable decisions on the road. Bonehead driving, applying Dame Edna levels of makeup, sketchy securing of a payload … there’s no shortage of road buffoonery.
Sometimes, vehicular hubris takes the simple form of venturing out when conditions are fit for neither man nor beast. A last blast of winter coated Toronto in a fine film of ice earlier this month. Despite local authorities and the constabulary pleading with drivers to stay home, no fewer than 1,600 crashes were reported in a single weekend. The vast majority of them involved people who ignored the warnings and hit the road when they could have stayed home.
Texting and driving is the current offense-du-jour, with estimates kicking around that a driver is 23 times more likely to get in a wreck once they pick up their smartphone. VW recently paired up with a Swedish marketing company to produce iPhone cases made out of sheetmetal from cars damaged in text ‘n drive mishaps. Given the predilection of drivers to continue stabbing their thumbs at a phone screen instead of paying attention to driving, they’ll surely have an inexhaustible supply of raw materials.
Dumb maneuvers, slapdash repairs, apathetic driving — we see it every day. What’s your example of egregious on-road activity?