Technically Incorrect: An Ontario woman is driving through fog. Suddenly, she’s swimming in water.
Some people slavishly follow their car’s GPS.
When the weather is bad and you can’t see much out of your car window, you simply hope that the GPS will guide you well.
It’s worth, though, still looking very carefully, just in case.
This may have been learned by a 23-year-old woman was driving through the proverbial dark and stormy Canadian night on Thursday.
She encountered fog.
As the Toronto Sun reports, she was looking for a right turn in Tobermory, Ontario, a place with which she was unfamiliar. She missed it.
Instead, she just kept on going. She went off the road and straight into Georgian Bay, which is 100 feet deep in most places and as much as 500 feet at its extremes.
She had driven straight down a boat launch.
The Ontario Provincial Police didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
However, Constable Katrina Rubinstein-Gilbert told the Toronto Sun: “How the launch works, it’s not an airborne thing. It’s not ‘Dukes of Hazzard.’ It kind of goes off the road and the launch just drops all of a sudden.”
Fortunately, the woman quickly realized what had happened and wound her window down before the power cut out and was able to swim to safety. Her red Toyota Yaris wasn’t so lucky.
A police report says that the woman was uninjured, but that the water was a mere 4 degrees Celsius (around 39 degrees Fahrenheit).
Drivers following their GPS have been involved in many incidents since the gadgets became de rigueur in cars. In some cases, the results were humorous. In others, deadly.
It’s possible that the unnamed woman thought her GPS would direct her safely, regardless of the weather conditions.
Sometimes, though, when the weather is very bad, it may be better to stop to make sure you know where you’re going and what you’re doing.