Caution wide load. Photo / NZ Police.

Caution wide load. Photo / NZ Police.

When faced with the choice between potential damage to his car’s roof and veering down New Zealand’s mountain roads with a full-sized sea kayak sticking into the other lane, this tourist decided to protect his paint job. The rig looked so unwieldy (and dangerous) that it stopped Kiwi police officer Freda Grace–who was responding to another accident–in her tracks. The officer told New Zealand’s One News, “The driver was unrepentant,” arguing the sideways kayak was the only solution to the predicament created by a factory roof rack running parallel with his vehicle. Well, that’s one way to look at it…

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