Driver Following GPS Ends Up in Lake

[World News ★★]


(P1) A Canadian driver got a scary surprise Thursday night when she drove right into Lake Huron while following GPS instructions, the CBC reports. Still unidentified, the woman was navigating foggy weather in Tobermory, Ontario, when she turned down a boat launch and found her car sinking. “How the launch works, it’s not an airborne thing. It’s not Dukes of Hazzard,” Const. Katrina Rubinstein-Gilbert tells the Toronto Sun. “It kind of goes off the road and the launch just drops all of a sudden.” Luckily, the woman was able to roll down her window and wiggle into the water, which was about 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and swim roughly 100 feet to shore.

(P2) Unhurt, she walked to a nearby hotel and had the police called in. Seems they found her in a good mood and without hypothermia from her surprise swim. “She’s in really good spirits,” says Rubinstein-Gilbert. “Of course a little embarrassed, but taking it all in stride.” Her car isn’t so fortunate, though: Pulled from Little Tub Harbor on Friday, the red vehicle was beyond repair. In a press release, police blamed the accident on weather and the woman being new to the area. Rubinstein-Gilbert put it more simply, saying the driver missed a right turn and ended up in the lake, ABC News reports.

WORDS: 215


VOCABULARY: unidentified, foggy, airborne, wiggle, unhurt, hypothermia, spirits, fortunate


If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you use GPS when you drive? Why or why not?
  3. Why is it important to drive with more caution in bad weather?
  4. What would you do if you drove into a lake, river, etc?
  5. Is the woman driver lucky to be unhurt? Why or why not?


What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Turned down (P1)
  • Goes off (P1)
  • Roll down (P1)
  • Taking it all in stride (P2)
  • Pulled from (P2)
  • Beyond repair (P2)

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