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Police Pulled Over This Car For Driving Too Slowly—and Found No One Inside!

From joyriding picnic tables to ghost passengers, these driving stories go off the beaten track.

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Cop Pulls Over Robot Car

In November 2015, police in Mountain View, Calif., pulled over a car for moving too slowly: more than 15 kilometres an hour below the speed limit. But when the cop strolled up to the door, he found there was no one inside to reprimand—the vehicle turned out to be a self-driving Google prototype. The much-publicized incident became a boon for the tech giant’s marketing department. Call it another innovation of our high-tech age: there is now literal truth to the saying, “The engine’s running, but nobody’s behind the wheel.”

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Student Driver’s First Lesson is a Literal Smash Hit

Some new drivers pass their road tests with flying colours. Others fail with flying glass. One October morning last year in Bellevue, Wash., a young woman was headed to her final in-car exam. When she arrived at the driving school, she got behind the wheel and attempted to park. Unfortunately, she missed the brake pedal, accidentally slamming on the accelerator instead. The vehicle careened through the front of the building, smashing its plate-glass facade and the rear window of the woman’s Audi, too. Thankfully, there were no injuries—except to the student’s pride.

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Guys Take Picnic Table Out for Joyride

Last November, some young men in Perth, Australia, gave new meaning to the phrase “out to lunch” when they were spotted cruising the streets on a pair of motorized picnic tables. Police were understandably perturbed by the atypical transportation method—the vehicles were unlicensed, unregistered and unsafe. On the plus side, they handled well: despite its primitive steering mechanisms, the puttering furniture manoeuvred through a busy city intersection with ease.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest Canada