Sunday, June 24, 2012

The huge advantage of a safe following distance . . .


. . . is that you don't get caught up in this sort of carnage!




Remind me not to go driving in Russia anytime soon, will you?





Peter

14 comments:

Toejam said...

Yup, Russia where the vehicles are powered by gas and the drivers by Vodka.

MrG's said...

And I thought the French were bad......

Anonymous said...

Heard on a rural highway west of the 100th Meridian: "Let's just hang back a little. I don't wanna be part of the wreck he's fixin' to have." And sure 'nuff, about two miles later he quit fixin' and had it.

LittleRed1

skreidle said...

Peter, have you seen this latest Russian crash compilation from Twisted Nederland?

Russia Car Crash Compilation || TNL

Apparently it's so bad that people regularly equip dashcams for insurance purposes -- hence all this video to choose from! (Near as I can tell, from the video datestamps, these clips are almost all from 2012!)

skreidle said...

It appears this accident was on the M5 near Somerset, England, despite the video being posted by a Russian. (Google or YouTube 'M5 motorway crash')

perlhaqr said...

Skreidle: Aren't they on the wrong side of the road to be in England?

JD(not the one with the picture) said...

Is the M5 the only road in England where you drive on the right?

JD(not the one with the picture) said...

Bread and butter

skreidle said...

Ah, I misread. It is on a highway called M5 near Yuryuzan in Russia, and there was a similar terrible accident on another M5 in England several months ago.

Broken Andy said...

Not planning on driving in Russia any time soon, but I do hang back naturally even in this country. There are a lot of really stupid risk takers in every land.

Old NFO said...

Yep, NOT going there anytime soon, and the point about video for insurance IS a good one!

DirtCrashr said...

Tailgaters are stupid!

skreidle said...

It does seem like the only person "safe following distance" definitely saved was the videographer; the cars coming the other way probably couldn't get out of the way (and/or, if they weren't on CB radios like the truckers, didn't realize a catastrophe was looming behind them until it was too late.)

Incidentally, there were [only] two deaths and seven injuries associated with this crash.

Peter said...

How's about them apples?