Around the world, nearly 1.3 million people per year die in vehicle accidents and upwards of 50 million more sustain injuries. That’s a hell of a lot of bad driving going on out there, so who’s to blame? If you’re looking to point fingers, we may have stumbled onto part of the problem. Take a look at this photo of a recent accident.
This was taken at a Minnesota gas station while customers watched a Golden Retriever drive a semi truck across the street, over a curb and into a tree. Maybe not “drive” the truck so much as sit behind the wheel with his tongue flopping out enjoying the wind as the truck rumbled dangerously towards anything in its path.
The truck was left idling in the lot when the dog, either conscious of the potential environmental damage caused by an idling vehicle, or hateful of his owner and wanting to go on a Thelma and Louise style road trip, knocked the truck into gear and hit the road.
Don the Sheepdog will drive over your lawn
A random passerby cut the dog’s joyride short by hopping in the cab with him and turning the engine off. Luckily no one was hurt and the owner even escaped getting a ticket, though the truck was impounded.
Straight into the pool
This happens way more often than you’d think. About a year ago a Scottish sheepdog got behind the wheel of a tractor and plowed a bit of field before his owner stopped him. The next week a black lab actually pushed down on the gas while its owner was driving and launched them all into the neighbor’s pool. Generally speaking you’ll find about a dozen bad dog drivers per year out there. They’ve mastered our technology. And they know no fear. You’ve been warned.