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?
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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.

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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. Gary

    Kill it. All snakes must die. Food chain will work fine without them. We just need more birds of prey to eat the rodents. Not snakes.

    August 1, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realist4200

      Good luck with that logic if you ever control a planet.

      August 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      Hey Gary,

      I hope you get stuck on someone's windshield and they video your DA squirming away. Without all the Gary's in this world the food chain would be that much more balanced, and the planet that much cooler because its Gary-free.

      August 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chartreuxe

      Flamebait. Troll = fail

      August 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • CaleP

      Quit watching Brian Fellow's Safari planet!

      August 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snake neutral

      Hope you like rodents, snakes are just fine if they leave me alone.

      August 1, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • robble

      I agree. I will swerve out of my lane (traffic permitting) to run over a snake.

      Let the road cleaners determine if it was poisonous or not.

      August 1, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mic

    Grow a pair! You people are idiots, just slow down a little and pull over on an exit (so that you're not on the shoulder and it gets run over) get a long stick and let the thing go...

    August 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sanibelle

    These people are idiots. They would not have put themselves in harm's way by slowly pulling off to the side of the highway to let the snake slither away into the grass. Shame on them for being more concerned with shooting the YouTube video to have their nanosecond of self importance filmed for all to see. What a cruel lesson for their children, who probably witnessed their parents' laughing while the snake was tossed to its certain death, because their parents had no common sense.

    August 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realist4200

      Are you kidding me!? They wouldn't have put themselves in harm's way??!?!?! ITS A SNAKE!!!!!! THEY KILL HUMANS FOR FUN AND MOUNT THEIR HEADS AS TROPHIES IN THE SECRET EVIL SNAKE LAIR. Where I come from we kill them on site to protect our friends and family from sure death if they encounter this evil creature. Remember Satan was a talking serpent in the bible? WHAT IF THAT SNAKE WAS SATAN!?!?! Geez people, use your brains. SNAKES ARE BAD

      ///////end typical uneducated response

      August 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Talon

    One snake will not make any difference in the world. So you bleeding hearts, just STFU!

    August 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realist4200

      Point understood... It's not the fact that the snake probably died, or the way these people handled the situation. I'm not bothered by the way these people reacted, even though they could have done better – Sh!t happens. It's all the willful ignorance being thrown around in these comments that caught my attention. I'm not a tree hugging "animal lover" or a PETA supporter, personally I think most of the PETA members are insane. I'm just amazed at how ignorant some people on here can be when it comes to their "knowledge" of snakes.

      August 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ron

    Turn on the wipers morons

    August 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • J3sus Sandals

      ...along with some windshield wiper "venom." I had a black racer on the hood of my car as I got ready to go to work one fine morning. I just got the car going and the snake slithered off. Snakes serve their purpose in the web of life...but that doesn't mean I have to adopt one.

      August 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. detsea

    i wish they did pull over and try to get it off and then they might have had a video of one of them being bitten by the snake. that would be worth watching. it was probably a harmless snake anyway...

    no good reason to kill the snake by letting it fall onto the highway at that speed. morons

    August 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Really?

    It's a snake... not a baby...

    August 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ryane

    Are these people really adults responsible for children? They act like children themselves all because of the "scary" snake. They should have attempted to free the animal, and the stupid shall inherit the earth.

    August 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Realist4200

    Just to throw it out there, maybe a few people will learn something.

    1. Most snake species are non venomous, especially in the USA.

    2. Snakes aren't slimy, it's just a common misconception passed from generation to generation.

    3. Snakes aren't out to get you. When threatened they may coil up in a defensive position and strike in your direction, or hiss. This is just a bluff to hopefully scare you away. Most people assume the snake is going to come after them in this situation, but if you leave it alone it will go on it's way. Black Mamba's (native to AFRICA, only in zoo / licensed possession in America) will chase after a threat in some cases. No snake species in the USA will do this.

    4. Most venomous snake bites in the US are at the victims fault, usually by way of trying to handle a venomous snake.

    Educate yourselves... Take 20 minutes of your time to learn the species native to your area. It will be faster and easier to learn how to identify just the venomous species, as there are many more non venomous species. Rattle snakes are obvious, but many people confuse copperheads and cottonmouths with many other species. Once you study a few pictures you'll be able to tell the difference quite easily.

    August 1, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • omg

      And I would still let it hit the pavement...if it survived, then perhaps it told all of it's snake friends not to climb onto somebody's windshield for a free ride b/c they're not gonna let you off at the most convenient spot on the road...

      August 1, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realist4200

      omg – cool story bro.

      August 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Steve

    If you ask me, flying down the highway with a five-foot snake on your windshield is distracting and dangerous. The safe thing to do is simply pull off at the nearest exit to either remove it, or allow it to leave on its own. (A few squirts of the windshield wiper fluid would have been enough to chase it away.) They clearly zip right past an off-ramp in the video. Their "safety excuse" is just that—an excuse. The first thing on these parents' minds was YouTube.

    August 1, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jhkds

    Simple, you stop bite off its head and go on you merry way.

    August 1, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nina

    These parents are IDIOTS! I agree with most of the comments here . They are more concern taping a youtube video instead of stopping in the emergency lane and let the snake get off, It would have taken less than a minute. I don't like snakes but what a horrible lesson for their kids to see the snake go down to certain death. How awful

    August 1, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeeese!

    if it 'startled' them why isnt that car not wrapped around a pole? If they were 'startled' why didnt they pull their *** over to the shoulder and fling the thing off? "OH I WANT CNN TO SEE THIS! KEEP DRIVING!" "I DIDNT KNOW THERE WERE SNAKES IN FLORIDA!"

    August 1, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nick

    That horse video cracks me up...
    "Happened to be a couple of horses that hopefully nobody...OH GOD!!"

    August 1, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. That's one dumb horse

    Stupid wild a55. That's a car there, what did you think it was... a hologram?

    August 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
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