Gotta Watch: Windshield worries
A horse leaps onto a moving vehicle, startling the driver.
August 1st, 2011
10:53 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Windshield worries

Driving can be dangerous, but it's not just distracted drivers or speeding-ticket dodgers that makes it so tricky. Sometimes road hazards can turn into near-death experiences. A piece of wood can become a dangerous projectile or a sneaky snake could ruin your summer travel plans. You've gotta watch how these windshield worries more than interrupted a few road trips.

Snake's surprise – Snakes must love modern transportation. They've slithered onto planes and stressed out Samuel L. Jackson and now, it appears they've taken a liking to automobiles. In this video a scaly serpent slides up a car's windshield as it cruises down the interstate. How would you have handled this scary situation?

Flying debris – A two-by-four unexpectedly flies through the windshield of a moving car. Luckily, no one was hurt. Get an inside view of the frightening event.

Now that's horse power – Imagine driving down a road when a horse literally runs over your car. The result is a compelling, if not shocking, video where the animal crushes the windshield and roof.

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  1. Phil

    I would have pulled over and turned on the wipers, maybe squirted some washer fluid to scare it off.

    August 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Troy

      Honking the horn might have worked too, since the vibrations might have scared it away.

      Regardless of your views on snakes, pulling over would have been the safest thing to do, and would have been my first instinct. It's not like a snake that size is going to fit in the vents and get in the car. You roll the windows up, pull over, and wait. You're safe in the car.

      If it doesn't come off on its own, or it goes back into the engine, and you don't know if it's poisonous, call 911. Driving with anything that big on the hood is dangerous since it blocks your view, whether it's a snake, a cat, a piece of paper, or a radioactively-mutated earthworm. It's even worse when it's a snake since your attention is on the snake, not the road.

      August 1, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. john doe

    it's a snake. a natural wild animal that can take care of itself. i wouldn't have stopped either especially with three kids in the car. and for you animal rights people..............get laid or something. really?

    August 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brian

      What, you think it's going to fly magically into the car and bite the kids if you stop? Would you even let kids play outside with all the nasty germs and bacteria? No no, you probably make them use hand sanitizer after they touch your own TV remote.

      August 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    Hit the brakes, tossing the snake onto the roadway, speed up, run over it. End of story.

    August 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • MaryAnn in VA

      I agree, snakes are gross and I am deathly afraid of them.

      August 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realist4200

      You're deathly afraid of them because of your ignorance. Educate your self.

      August 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DCAreaTechie

    I think what the familiy did was inline with what any animal lover would want, to let nature run its course. They didn't interfere with the snake on the car much like you don't interfere with a snake eating its pray (you're not allowed to save that cute little bunny from being eaten right?). In this case, nature ran its course (granted the snake was not in its natural habitat but the family did not put the snake in the car to begin with) and the snake became a victim of its own doing, naturalists call that survival of the fittest.

    August 1, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Julie

    Blame the drivers....why? Because it's THEIR fault the snake crawled into the engine? People need to CHILL OUT and stop giving these people flack. Who's to say it wouldn't have slithered right back into the road and been run over even if they did pull over and let it off? You people need to seriously settle....

    August 1, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Anthony

    The snake didn't know any better, pull over to the next exit and let it leave gracefully. It might be scary but as humans we are smarter than animals and we should respect all animal life. The situation was handled very poorly and negligent.

    August 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Dr. Jerry

    Sorry, but the snake almost certainly was killed when it fall onto the pavement from a speeding car and was probably run over by the car behind it as well. They should have pulled over and just lifted it off with a stick. All the snake wanted to do was to get the hell out of there and away from them.

    August 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • A

      with a stick??! good idea until you get attacked by the snake

      August 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lila

    It's not about animal lovers, it's about being intelligent responsible person vs a narcissistic dangerous idiot. What if the snake had flung off the car and landed on another car? Instead, their response was to pull out a camera and record it instead. Putting on a directional and pulling over would have been faster, better for other drivers and obviously for the snake.

    August 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Realist4200

      Exactly... I'm not a PETA supporter, this is just about common sense vs. ignorance. If people would spend a small amount of time educating their selves this wouldn't be an issue. I'm sure most of us can tell the difference between a wolf and somebody's pet golden retriever.. with a little effort it's just as easy to tell the difference between a venomous and non venomous snake.

      August 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mom

    where i come from we kill them immediately. use my wippers to wipe it off my car and drive on as fast as possible...it a snake for mercy's sake. this thing will not hesitate to kill you....animal lovers...seriously, get a life

    August 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Realist4200

      Because where you come from the people are ignorant. It will hesitate to kill you, because it can't. It's non venomous. I'm not a "animal lover" I'm just educated on the subject. I suggest you educate yourself as well.

      August 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ron Banks

    Perhaps it was a windshield viper.

    August 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Thor

    @viking:
    Let me be the first to smack you with my hammer, you moron!

    August 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. The Måd Råp3r

    That horse is all, "Screw you car, i'm running here! Time to put my boys on the glass!"

    @Ron Banks,
    That was terrible but I still lol'd. : )

    August 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. zenichi-maro

    the right thing to do would have been to safely pull to the side of the road and let the creature escape into the grass by the freeway. just because you're afraid of an animal doesn't mean you are allowed to be needlessly cruel. and, just because we call ourselves "humans" and other things "animals" does NOT mean that we're not all connected and, therefore, have some degree of responsibility (does not the Christian Bible teach that "His eye is on the sparrow?"). nature is not our toilet, nor is it our plaything; it's our natural community, and we would do well to remember that.

    and, to all the haters out there who like to desparage animal lovers, remember that you, too, are animals and you should be glad that someone loves you.

    be peace,
    znm

    August 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Kansas

    Sorry, I am not going to educate myself about which snakes are good and which ones are bad...in my case, if they cross my path, they're DEAD! I don't go out of my way to kill anything, but if me and mine are in anyway threatened, bye bye!

    August 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Realist4200

      But the thing is – most of the time you're not threatened. There are very few snakes in the world that actively "attack" humans, and none of them are native to this country. If you step on it then yeah, it will bite you. But if you give it space you and yours will be fine.

      August 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • zenichi-maro

      Ahhh, Kansas...what tortured logic pervades your squarish state! IF you refuse to educate yourself about what is ACTUALLY a threat, then you have essentially said out loud that you will use your ignorance to determine the threat exists and end its life for no other reason than your ignorant assumptions as to its threat level. Therefore, you should immediately and without hesitation shoot every single dog you see (could have rabies, but don't educate yourself about the symptoms of rabid animals); you should also preemptively shoot every cat you see (could have toxoplasmosis, but don't educate yourself about the dangers of toxoplasmosis); you should also shoot every human being you see (perhaps the most dangerous species on the planet, is known to kill things out of sheer ignorance and fear).

      I sincerely hope you will NOT follow through on your logic and will, instead, use that squishy gray thing your creator inserted between your ears.

      ZNM

      August 1, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ene

    I would have turned on the vindshield vipers!

    August 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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