You can be in danger if there is a water bottle on your vehicle’s tire.

In recent months, there have been a lot of cautionary posts made on social media.

Many of them suggest that you could be in danger in a number of circumstances, such as if you see a wire on your car door handle, 1F written in the snow, a coat hook in a bathroom, a USB charger in a hotel room, or even a piece of cheese on your car.

Now that a new warning has been given, it is clear that it needs to be taken seriously.

If a water bottle is in a driver’s wheel well, it warns them to drive carefully. According to reports, thieves are putting the empty containers in wheel wells, usually on the passenger side, in order to take the vehicle or the driver’s possessions.

The trick works because an unaware driver will start their car but stop right away when they hear the horrible cracking sounds of the bottle being smashed.

Unsure of what the noise is and concerned that their automobile may have been damaged, a motorist may get out to see what happened and may do so while the car is still running.

When the driver circles the car and stoop down by the tire, that’s when the thieves strike. They emerge from a nearby hiding place and grab the car’s contents or just drive off with it while the driver is preoccupied.

The water bottle trick apparently made its debut in South Africa, and it’s possible that since then, further occurrences of it have also occurred.

Although there is some debate over whether or not these kinds of warnings come true, this one appears highly likely, and Snopes is powerless to disprove that it hasn’t.

In either case, it’s best to be informed that it might occur. If you do decide to check the sound, even if it’s simply to walk around your car, the best course of action is to switch off your engine, hang onto your key, and lock your doors