Unbelievable reason Sydney driver flipped his ute: 'Poor bugger'

It's something people do often while driving, but is it illegal?

A Sydney driver may have had the most expensive coffee of his life after the drink spilled, causing him to swerve and flip his vehicle.

The driver of the white Ford Ranger ute had a “lucky escape”, police from The Hills Area Command said after the crash in Baulkham Hills on Tuesday morning. They explained the vehicle veered on to the wrong side of the road before flipping.

Photos of the crash were posted to social media, where they quickly gained hundreds of reactions and comments from stunned viewers.

A white Ford Ranger ute lies upside down after flipping in Baulkham Hills.
The Ford Ranger came to a stop upside down after veering into the wrong lane and flipping. Source: Facebook/The Hills Police Area Command

The images show the ute upside down in the middle of the road, next to a crumpled fence as debris litters the road.

“Poor bugger,” one person said.

“Thank God they’re ok!! Thanks for showing us, it’s a timely reminder that the simplest things can cause an accident,” another wrote.

But while some showed concern, others blamed the driver for being negligent.

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“That is how quickly crashes happen. This is still DISTRACTED DRIVING. We all have [to] take ownership of our actions behind the wheel. This behaviour could have been fatal!” someone said.

“Glad he’s ok, but why is it legal for drivers to consume hot beverages while driving, common sense where is it these days?” another asked.

“Don't drink hot drinks behind the wheel of a vehicle that can and will kill people,” a third fumed.

Given that the driver escaped unscathed, some were able to find humour in the circumstances.

A white Ford Ranger ute sits upside down in the middle of a road with a crumpled fence nearby.
The driver managed to escape unharmed, but some have accused him of driving while distracted. Source: Facebook/The Hills Police Area Command

“No point crying over spilt milk,” one person quipped.

“I’d be more upset about spilling my coffee!” another joked. “Glad he’s ok.”

Fines for driving while eating or drinking

In NSW, drivers who are eating or drinking could be fined $469 and three demerit points for not having proper control of their vehicle. While the penalty seems hefty, spare a thought for drivers in Queensland, who face a penalty of $575 and three points, while in Western Australia drivers could get slugged with a $1500 fine for careless driving.

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