There are all sorts of reasons why you might need to type ‘fix my windscreen’ into Google, whether it’s because a stone from the road caused a chip or because you’ve been in a car accident – but it’s likely that you haven’t been overly concerned about flying turtles causing damage to your windscreen.
And yet, it seems that this is something that can happen – at least over in the US, that is. According to Unilad, motorist Latonya Lark was making her way down the Savanna freeway in Georgia earlier this month (May) when a flying turtle smashed right through the windscreen of her car.
It’s thought that the hapless turtle was struck by another car, which sent it spiralling into the air and into the path of Ms Lark’s car, hitting the windscreen and becoming embedded in the glass.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the turtle was a goner immediately but, rather miraculously, he was extricated from the windscreen and taken to Savannah Animal Care for emergency medical treatment, whereupon he lost a leg. Sadly, after surviving the initial accident, however, the poor turtle passed away after losing too much blood.
This isn’t the first time that something strange has broken a windscreen, however. In 2016, an Autoglass study revealed some of the more peculiar reasons behind damaged windscreens, including a rare meteorite shower, a toddler’s temper tantrum, a nosy safari park camel and a cooking oil drum.
No matter the reason behind the damage, it’s essential that you get your windscreen repaired as soon as you can, since driving with chips or cracks can be very dangerous indeed.