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Send In The Clowns!
When police pulled him over in his north London neighborhood, Abraham Gniwosch had quite a stash in his vehicle. According to the BBC, "an adult male and a boy were sitting in the passenger seat. In the back there were two women with infants on their laps, the other six passengers, all young children were either sitting or standing in the center section of the back seat."
They did not report if anyone was wearing a curly orange wig or ridiculously large shoes.
Gniwosch was not trying to perform a circus act when he crammed 13 people into his five-passenger Volvo S70. It appears the teacher was just trying to save money on gas. "I'm not a quick driver, I'm a slow driver," he told the BBC. While he admits his actions were silly, he maintains that there was no danger in giving a ride to a baker's dozen of his friends.
Let's face it—as gas prices climb it will be tempting to fit more and more into compact and subcompact cars. While we don't advocate stuffing an entire tee ball team into your ride, we can tell you that many small cars have enough space to fit all of their equipment and probably a cooler full of Gatorade too! You might be surprised by the capacity of some new cars. If you put the rear seats down, the 2008 Honda Fit Hatchback has 41 cubic feet of space; that's the same amount of space as an industrial refrigerator. The Toyota Yaris isn't too far behind with 30 cubic feet. An average sedan only has an average of about 12 cubic feet. Are you worried about losing space if you downgrade from a sport utility vehicle to a compact car to save on gas? [BBC]