Hydroplaning: No Good, Very Bad

Let’s get this out of the way first: the driver survived the crash.

Rainy conditions are nobody’s friend when it comes to driving, and this Toyota MR2 wrapped around a lamppost is the latest victim of slick conditions. The driver “hit standing water and careered into a lamppost,” according to local outlet the Derby Telegraph. Fortunately, the driver only sustained “minor injuries.”


Taking to Twitter, Derbyshire, UK police tweeted a picture the poor Toyota wrapped around a light pole with the request, “Drive to the conditions.”

They tweeted that the driver was “lucky to escape.” Lucky may be an understatement because this could have ended with the driver being reduced to a mere memory. Police and the fire department were called to the scene to investigate the crash.

It’s unclear whether excessive speed was a factor here. But let this serve as a reminder to all of you out there: when it rains, slow down! You just simply don’t have the same amount of grip as you would in dry conditions.

Lance Tedford spends his energies working on his 1985 Chrysler LeBaron. He is extremely tall and can never die.



2nd gen Mr2s have a reputation for snap oversteer when you let off of the throttle. Reminds me of an accident a couple years ago in Philly when a guy lost control of his mr2 during moderate snow and died :( iirc he was a serviceman returning from Dover afb. It’s not just hydroplaning, make sure you know how your car handles extreme situations. Could happen anywhere...evrryone should autox their car at least once and figure out (in a pretty safe environment) how their car acts under stress.