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Victor Vauxhall set off in his Vauxhall Victor to drive from Vauxhall to Victoria in London. He drove at a constant velocity of 30mph. There was no other traffic on the roads at that time, however he never reached his destination. Why?

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    $\begingroup$ Is it too early to accept an answer? This is my first puzzle here, so I'm not 100% up on the etiquette $\endgroup$ – Phil M Jones Aug 29 '18 at 15:20
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    $\begingroup$ Phil, you need to wait at minimum 15 minutes from the time the question was asked in order to accept an answer. That said, most people wait a little while to accept an answer in order to increase exposure to their puzzle. However, it is entirely up to you - if you see an answer you like, feel free to accept it! If you want to delay accepting, you could also comment on the individual answers so we have an idea of the sort of answer you were intending on. Welcome to Puzzling.SE, by the way, and thanks for creating this puzzle! $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Aug 29 '18 at 15:23
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    $\begingroup$ Accepting an answer indicates the puzzle has been solved, so people stop making new attempts to answer. It's up to you when you do this (some people choose to wait a bit, to get more attention to their question), though note that delaying tends to attract more (and more off-kilter) guesses as the existing guesses are assumed to not have solved the puzzle; if you're going to delay, I'd suggest at least commenting on the right answer so people know. $\endgroup$ – Rubio Aug 29 '18 at 15:24
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    $\begingroup$ @Rubio based on the answer Phil selected, would you and Phil both agree that the Knowledge tag would be more appropriate for this puzzle than the Lateral-Thinking tag? $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Aug 29 '18 at 15:29
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    $\begingroup$ Needs a "LITERAL thinking" tag. $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Aug 29 '18 at 17:18
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I'm going to guess that

Since he was going at a constant velocity [which means both constant magnitude and direction ] he inevitably crashed into something as he tried to turn (which he can't really do).

Here is a picture of what probably happened

River Thames
Since no one was around to help him, he drowned... :(

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    $\begingroup$ I love this answer. My bloody daily voting limit won't allow me to upvote, so I am favouriting this question $\color{darkorange}{\bigstar}$ :D $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Aug 29 '18 at 15:09
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    $\begingroup$ I upvoted you before your edit, but now that you've edited it I want to upvote it again. :) $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Aug 29 '18 at 15:09
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    $\begingroup$ @El-Guest, That's a morbid thought. Watching a car crash into a shipping boat or something like that, no one able to see the smoldering remains of both Victor and the inhabitants of the boat, or hear their screams... $\endgroup$ – Joe-You-Know Aug 29 '18 at 15:33
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    $\begingroup$ @Joe-You-Know in a battle between a car and a shipping boat, I'm 73.2% sure that the shipping boat inhabitants will be just fine! That said, would you consider this thought more or less morbid than my 3rd guess, above? ;P $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Aug 29 '18 at 15:37
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    $\begingroup$ OK, I've decided to go with this one, largely because the picture made me snort coffee on the desk. But kudos to Rubio for wording it more precisely The extra half-clue is revealed here - bit.ly/2MG2FjP $\endgroup$ – Phil M Jones Aug 29 '18 at 15:54
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Well, since

velocity is speed and direction, a constant velocity means straight-line motion. That would put Victor in the Thames river.

He will not be reaching Victoria today.

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  • $\begingroup$ Actually, reading all answers again, this one is the most accurate, unless this is what Joe-You-Know meant, but didn't quite word it right. $\endgroup$ – Phil M Jones Aug 29 '18 at 15:39
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    $\begingroup$ @PhilMJones I read Joe-You-Know's answer as indicating trying to turn at that speed would be a problem, and intentionally distinguished my answer from that one. $\endgroup$ – Rubio Aug 29 '18 at 15:41
  • $\begingroup$ @Rubio, Actually, I put constant velocity for a reason, knowing that Velocity is both magnitude and direction. Him derailing [in the image] was him hitting something before being dumped in. $\endgroup$ – Joe-You-Know Aug 29 '18 at 15:43
  • $\begingroup$ However, I do agree that your answer makes that clearer. And if people want to interpret my answer a different way, your answer is more correct. $\endgroup$ – Joe-You-Know Aug 29 '18 at 15:45
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Okay, I've got a few jokey answers here, and I'm not sure about any of them, which is why this is probably good for a lateral-thinking tag.

Guess 1: (Original guess which is best suited to the lateral-thinking tag)

His destination wasn't Victoria in London?


Other, slightly more jokey guesses:

Guess 2:

Looking at a map, you have to cross the Thames to get there; maybe he crashed into the river because this is the first obstacle he'd hit if he travelled at a constant speed and direction?

Guess 3:

The Vauxhall Victor was last produced in 1978, so Victor is dead now?

PS: As a science geek I really appreciate Joe-You-Know's answer, because that was my original Guess 2! Go upvote his answer!!

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He ran out of fuel, his car stopped and that's why he never reached Victoria.

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    $\begingroup$ ....how did nobody think of that? $(+1)$ :D $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Aug 31 '18 at 0:43

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