According to the Toronto Police, the driver on Tuesday decided to leave the roadway (read: go offroading) at a beach on a partially frozen Lake Ontario.
Your average Canadian megacity probably doesn't offer nearly as many offroading opportunities as, say, the Rubicon Trail in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, so many Jeep Wrangler drivers are far less experienced at taking the path less travelled. One Wrangler driver in Toronto this week learned a difficult lesson in keeping expectations in check.
According to the Toronto Police, the driver on Tuesday decided to leave the roadway (read: go offroading) at a beach on a partially frozen Lake Ontario. Police say the driver thought he or she was on beach parking, but was actually out approximately 30 feet from there. It was at this point that the Jeep broke through the ice and was partially submerged in two feet of water.
The police marine unit was forced to be brought in, for the safety of the Wrangler's occupants. The occupants were taken out of the vehicle before the Jeep itself was removed from the freezing lake by two tow trucks.
Police say that no charges were laid, but the driver was stuck with the approximately $1,000 bill for the vehicle extrication. There's a good chance the cost involved, along with the embarrassment, was punishment enough for the driver.
The Wrangler is known as one of the greatest off-roading vehicles in the world, but even with its 10+ inches of ground clearance and generous wading depth, it's no match for certain conditions when being controlled by an amateur driver who's dealing with ice and frigid conditions. Four-wheel drive can't get you through everything, in other words.
Let this be a warning to drivers of Wranglers and other SUVs - don't overestimate yourself or your vehicle. It could save you a lot of money, and embarrasment.
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Source: CP24, Toronto Police Services