Here's Why Trucks Slide Into The Water At Boat Ramps

We all love watching videos of trucks being being dragged down into the briny depths while their drivers scramble unsuccessfully to save them. And obviously, those of us who have occasion to launch boats live in fear of becoming one of the poor saps in the videos. But why do boats slide in there, anyway? Can you prevent it?

Turns out, there are a lot of reasons why trucks find themselves in the water. The video above gets into a few of them. Sometimes boat launches get covered in slippery algae, sometimes drivers forget to put the tow car in park. Sometimes the momentum of a heavy boat tugs a tow vehicle with enough force to overcome traction.

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