When Road Trips Go Wrong
Traveling is fun, but it's also risky. Leaving your comfort zone increases the likelihood that something might go awry, especially when it comes to driving in countries other than your own. In some cases, like the one above, horribly awry. But while such stories might be mortifying in the moment, they give us plenty to laugh about afterwards. Never forget that the root of comedy is tragedy e.g. me slipping on a banana peel is tragic, you slipping on a banana peel is hilarious. With that in mind, we're proud to present: When Road Trips Go Wrong.
Since it's still winter for now, we'll start with some photos of drivers failing to navigate icy roads properly. This driver sure caught a break.
This one didn't.
Kind of gives a new meaning to the phrase "scared straight."
At the very least, that guy doing the balancing act above was able to get into his car. Not sure what the procedure is for when your car is completely encased in ice (we live in California.) Can any snowbound readers enlighten us?
Not that driving in the rain is fool-proof either, especially when combined with, you know, a giant log flying off the back of a truck and straight at your head.
But don't be fooled into thinking that driving behind a produce truck is any safer; you might end up being attacked by potatoes.
When driving abroad, make sure you understand the terrain. Even the most heavy duty of vehicles can fall victim to an unfortunately located swamp.
But all Hummer drivers can take comfort in their ability to mercilessly (and literally) crush their parking competition.
Speaking of parking, always be sure to choose a spot that's not under a giant volleyball.
Or on an airport runway.
Or directly under the path of a falling tree.
If you hire your own limo driver, make sure he understands how to drive in the city. We can still hear the San Franciscans laughing about this one.
Hah, we hear you say, I'm going to avoid all of this by taking the bus. Sorry to say it, but even buses get into tight spots.
Everyone makes mistakes, such as hitting the accelerator when you mean to reverse.
Or hitting reverse when you mean to go forward.
Trying to squeeze your car, no matter how small, onto a pedestrian walkway is never advisable.
Ultimately, traveling is a lot like life. Sometimes you're up, sometimes you're down. The important thing is to keep moving forward.
But not into the pool or local Chinese restaurant.
Last but not least, we know that beach parking can be difficult to find in the summer months, but if you choose to leave your vehicle right by the shore, always remember when high tide rolls in. You've only got one chance: get it wrong and your car will be swimming with the fishes before too long. MT