Horse (car) unable to "Charge!" (drive) through deeply-flooded road


#1

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#2

I once did the exact same thing in Scotland, but managed to float the rental car across. I kept seeing cars coming from the other direction leading up to the flooded area, so I surmised, “it can’t be too deep, others are getting through”.

It was only later that I realized all the cars I saw were land rover’s with snorkels.


#3

Obligatory: Monty Python “Run away!”


#4

That was driving in Florida for me. “Oh, a puddle…”

Then the belts slip and the car overheats.


#5

That other car at ~:30 was like:


#6

If the road has curb and gutter, and the water overtops the curb, it’s a very good indication that the water is probably too deep. If no curb, don’t even try it unless you have that snorkel.


#7

And if you are fifty miles away from a town on a one lane country road, and a river jumped it’s banks…

Well, I will leave the rest as an exercise for the reader.


#8

Never done that with a car, but I have gone walking through the flooded fields at home, before belated remembering that somewhere in the field was where the river ran.


#9

"Might have fucked up a bit…"
Understatement of the month.


#10

It wasn’t that deep. If he’d gone in at a sensible speed (to avoid the big splash), and kept up a constant speed (about fast walking pace) to keep the bow wave just in front of the car it would have been fine.
Source: there’s a lot of fords round where I grew up, and if you can’t drive through 30cm of water then you’ll have a longer drive home.


#11

Hmm. “Charge!” usually works. I’m surprised.


#12

when you come across this sort of thing at night it can be anywhere
I don’t see technology making any go round


#13

after math…

how do you wake a snoring person…
you hit them with a schnorchel


#14

“Oh Shit!”

Final words of many a bad idea…


#15

Needed an electric car. They charge a lot better.


#16

I love how quickly that “Charge!” transitioned to “Bad choice! Bad Choice!” Acknowledging that feels very British. I feel like Americans would largely respond by getting angry at the water (and then trying to shoot it).


#17

That’s why you always keep paddles in your emergency kit.


#18

You won’t believe what happens next!


#19

Water to the right of them
Water to the left of them
Water in front of them
Splash’d and rippel’d
Boldly drove with a downshift
Meekly they they said, "oh…
… shit"
Into an English puddle
Into a bit of a muddle
Drove the unprepared


#20

I’ve always wanted to get a car camera. However, I am deathly afraid that getting one will bring about an event worthy of being filmed.