I don’t believe in stereotyping.
Especially in the world of ‘you are what you drive’.
Because that would be stupid, right?
(except that two out of the three drivers who unexpectedly blockedÂ oncoming lines of traffic – as mentioned in this post – were Mercedes drivers)
But this evening (as I correctly and prophetically thought that the drive to pick up The Lovely S might be an interesting experience) I saw one and a half Mercedes cars.
I saw the first one on the A442 at Bradford House, north of Droitwich.
At this spot the road dips down in to a deep dip.
Normally this deep dip isn’t filled with a fast-flowing torrent of flood water.
It was this evening.
And there was a police car, blue light flashing.
The police officer was telling people that the road was impassable.
But the Mercedes driver knew better.
She pulled around the police car and drove down in to the dip and forwards in to the water.
And her driving was straight out of the book of “The proper way to drive through deep water“.
She floored it and bombed through the deep water.
Tried to bomb it through the deep water.
She got thirty-five metres towards the far side; the bow-wave was washing up against the windscreen, the stern-wave would have impressed an off-shore racing yacht.
I sat there impressed at her stupidity.
And then the lights on her car went out.
The bow-wave and stern-wave collapsed.
The car lost forward motion.
The water began to settle around the Mercedes.
The driver opened the door, letting tens of gallons of water in to wash around the inside of her Mercedes (I guess her electric window opener wouldn’t work!) and called back to the policeman for assistance.
I could have sworn I heard him laugh.
Of course I might have been mistaken, I was turning my car around at the time.
The half of a Mercedes was the top half.
Of another one; abandoned.
The bottom half was submerged beneath 3′ of fast-running water.
I’m going to avoid the stereotyping statement about Mercedes drivers believing their cars are capable of floating on water.