Rainbow Beach: Holden Jackaroo 4WD is overwhelmed by crashing waves as he tries to cross the waves: ‘No common sense’
- A 4×4 driver abandoned his vehicle after getting stuck
- They were riding through the waves at Rainbow Beach, Queensland
- Social media users slammed them for driving at high tide
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A driver was forced to abandon his Holden Jackaroo 4WD after getting stuck in crashing waves at a popular beach.
Drone footage shows two vehicles trying to drive around a cliff at Rainbow Beach in Queensland on Tuesday.
While the first vehicle manages to complete the perilous crossing, the second 4×4 gets stuck.
The vehicle at one point advances a few meters before getting stuck again.
It is then hit by crashing waves, which cause the vehicle to rock back and forth.
A 4×4 got stuck in the sand as it drove through waves at Rainbow Beach in Queensland during high tide.
The driver was finally forced to abandon his vehicle in the waves.
High tide was forecast at the time the two men were walking on the beach.
Rainbow Beach car rentals and tourist sites advise those driving a 4×4 to check the tide in advance.
Viewers on social media criticized the driver for taking the major risk of driving through the waves at high tide.
“Why would anyone with an ounce of common sense decide to drive on the beach when the tide was in,” one said.
A second wrote: “How stupid! Then they will expect to be rescued! »
“What a waste of vehicle and resources to recover it!” added a third.
“Brains are hard to find,” joked another.
The vehicle got stuck while following the path of another 4×4 driver who went through the waves.
The driver of the Holden Jackaroo 4WD was forced to abandon the vehicle after it was struck by the crashing waves.
Footage of the error was uploaded to Facebook, where social media users criticized the driver for taking a risk by driving through the waves at high tide.
James Stewart, director of Driving Solutions and who runs a 4×4 driving course, recently told Daily Mail Australia that tow truck drivers have made a fortune rescuing Australians “with all the equipment and no idea”.
“Driving on four wheels is the most dangerous driving,” he continued. “Tracks are a living organism and constantly changing due to weather conditions.”
“It’s important to understand what your car can do and what the driver can do.”
Andrew Boyd from the Toyota Land Cruiser Club of Australia believes many Australians are buying 4x4s without being properly informed by dealers on how to operate them safely.
“They (buyers) are taking them out of showrooms. The dealers weren’t telling these people the different buttons to push,” Boyd said.
“They then take them to the beaches and get into all sorts of trouble.”
Adventure 4WD’s David Wilson explained that crashing or getting stuck while driving in new terrain can be a “costly exercise” and that driver training can help mitigate the risk of breakdowns.
“Aspiring travelers can consult many useful sites to offer advice on vehicle operation and management. That’s good, as is the experience gained from a hands-on course, the sort of thing we do here at Adventure 4WD,” he said.
The incident comes days after Queensland introduced tougher penalties for motorists caught driving recklessly in places like national parks and beaches.
Fines for these driving offenses were increased by several hundred dollars last Friday.
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) hopes the increased penalties will lead to improved driving behavior on beaches and in parks.