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Apr 1, 2022

Diesel-Powered Unicycles: What Are My Coverage Options?


April Fools! The truth is, diesel-powered unicycles are not taking over our streets. It can be easy to forget about April Fool’s Day, turning the first day of April into a chance for tricksters to come out of the woodwork and pull a fast one on their families, friends, and colleagues. You may even be inclined to pull an April Fool’s Day prank yourself, wanting to join in on the fun or seek some revenge from an April Fool’s Day in years past. But be careful when you’re deciding what prank you’re going to pull—it’s not always fun and games when someone else’s property and safety comes into play.

Some April Fool’s Day pranks can be harmless, like removing the batteries from a television remote without telling anyone or asserting diesel-powered unicycles are on the rise, but you may want to avoid April Fool’s Day pranks involving someone else’s property—especially their vehicle.

Even if it’s all in good fun there can be unintended consequences when dealing with someone else’s vehicle, so it’s best to avoid this entirely to prevent any awkward conversations, unintended damages, or even accidents and potential litigation. Here are some common April Fool’s Day pranks involving other people’s vehicles that might seem harmless but can quickly cross the line.

Say No to Sticky Notes

You’ve probably seen pictures of vehicles covered in sticky notes or saran wrap on April Fool’s Day. The premise of these pranks seems harmless enough: the altering of a vehicle’s appearance in a reversible way that also requires some tedious time to return to normal. But when you’re dealing with someone’s property, it’s not that simple.

The problem with pranking someone by covering every inch of their vehicle with some kind of adhesive is you can’t be sure the vehicle won’t be scratched or damaged while you’re at work putting it all on—or while the owner is removing it. And if the owner notices damage to their vehicle after the fact, you could be liable.

Forget the Confetti

There are few things perceived both as fun and as irritating as confetti. While it may seem fun to stuff the air vents of your prospective prank victim’s vehicle with these colorful fragments of paper, this common prank can end up much more destructive than it’s set out to be.

Adding confetti to a vehicle’s air vents can disrupt airflow and lead to damages. Furthermore, if the confetti somehow becomes wet, it can be trapped in the air vents and will remain there as a potential danger until removed by the vehicle owner or a mechanic. On April Fool’s Day, keep your confetti-related pranks away from any vehicles.

Change Your Tune

You may have heard of another common vehicle prank that involves placing a harmonica under the front bumper of a vehicle or elsewhere so that the person being pranked makes all kinds of noise driving down the road. While the thought of this prank may sound like music to your ears, the same idea goes for this: you should not alter someone else’s vehicle in a way in which the vehicle could be damaged or if the prank can present a hazard to the person you’re tricking or others on the road, even if it seems like an unlikely possibility.

Attaching a harmonica or any other foreign object to a vehicle can add a potential hazard to both the driver of the vehicle and other drivers on the road should it become detached. Remember: road safety is nothing to joke about.

The bottom line is you shouldn’t tamper with someone else’s vehicle—even on April Fool’s Day when your intentions are (mostly) pure. When it comes to a motor vehicle there can be a lot of money at stake, and more importantly, a person’s safety. Whether it’s a car, truck, or diesel-powered unicycle, leave vehicles out of the equation and stick to safer pranks.