Ever since I was a young driver, my mom has expressed the importance of not driving through mud puddles during a rainstorm.
- I know it sounds like a silly thing for someone to talk about frequently, but my mom was in a car that almost got carried away in a storm and since then she has been particularly scared of summer storms.
I don’t share the same fear as my mom, but I try to be careful. I was out on a repair call last week when it started raining and I remembered the words of my mother in my head. I avoided all of the puddles on the road. I got to the address for the AC repair customer. She was near the back of the condos. About halfway back the driveway, there was a large puddle of water. I paused for a brief second and then I drove the truck right through the puddle. The puddle was much deeper than I expected. My front left tire became stuck in the puddle and I couldn’t get out. The water had caused damage to the road and a small sinkhole opened up in that area. I had to call a tow truck to get my work vehicle out of the hole. It was a terribly embarrassing situation to occur on a property where our customers reside. I would have done just about anything to avoid that situation. The one time I don’t take my mom’s advice turns out to be the one time that a mud puddle caused a terrible amount of damage.