Go anywhere 4x4's don't!

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 22:10
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I see the usual couple clowns who reckon their new fourbe guarantees they can get to the "other side" have had a rude awakening in Karatha WA during the big wet there today 290 odd mm in 12 hours.

Two clever types walked a floodway - until it got too hard to walk so they came back, got the 4x4 & tried to drive it, the water was up to the bonnet & fast flowing. Hopefully to teach them a lesson their insurance company was watching the news & scrubs their claim. Next time they could have kids in the car with tragic results.

Then there was the brain dead coot towing a 19 - 21 foot boat thru similar conditions,

'hello' ................boats float soldier.

Boat tows 4x4 down the river, of course. At least they were able to get the boat off the trailer & had a 'on the spot' rescue craft.

Sorry if I sound hard on these d&*kheads but why aren't they made to get some advice / lessons on wheeling before they take their new toy into the bush?

Off my soapbox now


Neil & Lynne

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Reply By: Geoff M (Newcastle, NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 22:24

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 22:24
Neil & Lynne,
A lot of this isn't education, it's bloody genetic.

Insufficient chlorine in the gene pool.

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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 22:28

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 22:28
hahahaha good one Geoff.

The real worry is that these people vote and breed :((((
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Follow Up By: Rojac - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 22:32

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 22:32
Probably watched too many 4x4 ads and beleived that mis-leading advertising, after all some of these 4x4's can leap tall buildings, climb vertcal inclines and cross waterways where boats can't go.
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Follow Up By: ro-dah-o (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 00:20

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 00:20
thought only a Rav 4 could do all that?????
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Reply By: Member - Jeff H (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 22:28

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 22:28
Was up near Old Laura mid Jan.
Walked the river & reckon 'no'.
Spoke to the 3 Brits (one even older than me) in their hire 'Cruiser: we buggered off and hid/watched, because I felt that had we stayed, they may have had a go.
Fortunately they returned to Cooktown.
Good stuff --but almost not.
No emergency = no attempted heroics.
(Saw on this site today that W. Kimberley roads are a bit deserted, as is the CREB track.) RAIN you B. , we need it.
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Reply By: Kiwi Kia - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 06:17

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 06:17
Yeah but it's not just the uninitiated that don't learn either !

Read some of the arguments on this forum about choice of type and inflation of tyres when sand driving, selecting reverse on an automatic transmission for down hill braking etc.

Also several of the glossy 4x4 magazines don't help by showing people making a spectacular splash when fording deep water in the latest shiny on the market.
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 06:32

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 06:32
hmmmm........let's try a celta....

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Reply By: Member - Jack - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 06:54

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 06:54
Sadly, the one thing we know about common sense is that it is not common.

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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 08:39

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 08:39
I thought one common thread among most 4wd articles and training about creek crossings is that if you can't walk it due to side current, you most probably can't drive it. ???

Typical of our society, no patience. Waited a half day and most of the water may have gone.
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Reply By: disco driver - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 15:25

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 15:25
I suppose that is one way of washing your vehicle !!!!!!!!!
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Reply By: arthurking83 - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 23:54

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 23:54
What worries me is that they'll come back, and try to "take that river on" once again, with their mates adna newly aquired snorkel(for protection!) :))

It was Jerry Seinfeld that it put it so eloquently when he said .....

"There are many things we can point to as proof that the human being is not smart.
The helmet is my personal favorite.
The fact that we had to invent the helmet...
Why did we invent the helmet?
Well, because we were participating in many activities that were cracking our heads.
We looked at the situation...
We chose not to avoid these activities
but to just make little plastic hats
so that we can continue our head cracking lifestyles.
The only thing dumber than the helmet, is the helmet law,
the point of which is to protect a brain that is functioning so poorly
it's not even trying to stop the cracking of the head that it's in. "

This is a great summary of the "average human" method of thinking, that is, it's generally easier not to have to do so!

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