With the current deluge of bad weather, flooded roads are a common scenario for many motorists.
And with large puddles comes the immature game of soaking pedestrians by driving through them too quickly.
Mostly, the unlucky victims are left drenched by the side of the road, able to do much else but utter obscenities, while the driver speeds off.
However, for one driver, this silly prank may lead to a court appearance, after he was reported for careless driving by a policeman who spotted his inconsiderate manoeuvre.
The unidentified 22-year-old had failed to slow down sufficiently for a puddle and created a large wave that drenched children and their parents outside a school in Essex.
Unfortunately for him, PC Mark Hercules was sat in the car behind him and took action.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “The vehicle was driven through the puddle at a relatively fast speed making no attempt to slow down or avoid it.
“As a consequence, a large wave of water absolutely soaked the children and their parents. We could hear the screams from the children as they got drenched in the cold, dirty rain water.”
The driver now faces a maximum £5,000 fine and could be ordered to attend a driver awareness course.
Mother Debbie Pugh was walking her children to school when she was drenched by the driver.
“I walk on the kerbside and the children on the inside so they are safer and the first thing I knew about it was when a massive wave of water covered me and then the children,” she said.
“The water went up over my shoulders, totally drenching me and the children – it was dirty, cold and it was disgusting. What he did was absolutely on purpose, there’s no doubt about it at all.
“The driver could have avoided the puddle by going around it but he chose to speed through it and soak us all. I was fuming at the time.”
The driver will be prosecuted under Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act, which stipulates that it is an offence to drive “without reasonable consideration”.
Essex Police has urged drivers to avoid large puddles, but only where it was safe to do so.