YOU may already have heard of a phrase that does the rounds at work every wet season, "common sense isn't all that common".
It certainly came to mind last week when watching news reports of the torrential rain and flooding throughout Queensland. If I was a television reporter, the first question I would have asked one of the drivers stranded in floodwaters would be, "What was your thought process when attempting to drive a hatchback through 1.5 metre floodwaters?"
Rain does funny things to people.
About 40% of all RACQ's roadside assistance calls during wet weather relate to flat batteries.
Meaning that every rainy day hundreds, if not thousands, of motorists forget to turn their headlights off after getting to work or dropping the kids at school, only to discover later that afternoon the car won't start. Ouch.
Tailgating crashes account for a significant percentage of car claims handled by insurance companies every year and many of these occur in wet weather.
But if you asked every driver who has tried to cross a flooded road, left their headlights on or tailgated in the wet if it was a good idea, odds are they'll know the correct answer. Knowing something and putting it into practice are two completely different things.
Or in other words, common sense isn't all that common.