A learner driver in Germany had a narrow escape on Monday when her car was crushed by a British tank.
The 18-year-old driver made the mistake of turning into a column of British tanks that were travelling through the small town of Augustdorf.
The British soldier at the controls of the tank behind her had no time to stop, but managed to turn so that he crushed the engine of the car, just avoiding the driver.
Americans see the local reserve unit Humvee in a parking lot and go nuts screaming #JadeHelm. But in Germany, armored vehicles on the road are fairly common. I’ve done a couple of (fairly short) road marches myself.
Here’s the thing. The laws of physics are at work. A body in motion tends to stay in motion. That Challenger II tank weighs about 65 tons. It stops in a lot shorter space than you might think, but it still takes a bit of time and space.
If you do find yourself sharing the road with a military convoy, do please do your best to not interrupt it or weave in and out. Most convoys move at a slower pace than regular traffic. They generally also mark the first and last vehicles in the column. Move to the passing lane, pass the entire convoy, and then get back to the right hand lane.