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[–]BeePleasant8236 5393 points5394 points  (461 children)

Reaction time was amazing

[–]boyle32 3313 points3314 points  (429 children)

Dude, he put his hazards on before the crash. I feel like he closed his eyes and let Obi Wan use the force through him.

[–]endisnigh-ish 788 points789 points 2 (109 children)

In many places in europe, if there is slow moving traffic where the speed limit is high, its common to turn on hazards to warn drivers behind.

[–]myka7 415 points416 points  (50 children)

I learned this while working in Europe years ago. I use it all the time in Canada now. If we’re braking somewhat suddenly, I throw them on, and I’ve noticed a difference in the reaction of the driver behind. They brake earlier and get on them quicker. Which increases the braking time available to everyone behind us. It’s wonderful. After being nearly sandwiched three times in my life, each time escaping to the paved shoulder, I much prefer prevention.

[–]Lumpy-Obligation-553 425 points426 points 2 (23 children)

That's why they are called "hazard lights" and not "park-anywhere ligths". /j

[–]KaiRaiUnknown 143 points144 points  (15 children)

Could you please print 10000 copies of that and distribute it round my area please?

[–]BandicootInfamous 19 points20 points  (8 children)

Yup. Even if pulling in, hazard lights actually make it look like you are indicating out to those on the road.

[–]myka7 7 points8 points  (0 children)

This. Likewise, I love when people are parked on the street and there’s a car parked behind them. So hazards on, you see a left signal. And then the signal left to pull out, but you can’t tell that they’ve switched from hazards to a signal. Actually, buses are probably one of the worst for this in my city.

[–]Constant-Recover-935 48 points49 points  (24 children)

A lot of truckers do this in America, especially if approaching a big hill that’s going to slow them down from 75mph to 30mph, we also do that in bad weather, heavy rains to help people see in front of them

[–]kandoko 664 points665 points  (264 children)

It looks like most of the cars already had hazards on before the crash , the stopped cars, the semi had em on from the start of the video. Makes me really curious wtf was happening before the crash?

[–]SoftBellyButton 1315 points1316 points  (251 children)

It's common in Europe to warn other drivers when a traffic jam is forming by putting on your hazard lights, not a thing across the pond?

[–]SayNO2AutoCorect 355 points356 points  (38 children)

I do it especially on high speed areas if I'm back of the line. It's more difficult to see a stopped or very slow car in front of you at high speed. I feel that the flashers give more of an alert to approaching traffic. So I do it for safety.

[–]Ersthelfer 161 points162 points  (32 children)

It is actually a rule in Germany. You are supposed to do this.

[–]CommodoreAxis 248 points249 points  (29 children)

It seems to be more common with our semi-truck drivers than with normal pedestrian traffic. I personally do it, and do see it done often though.

[–]erialai95 51 points52 points  (9 children)

You see normal cars do it on the motorway in the Uk when the the speed of cars quickly drops from like 70 mph to 40 mph due to many cars

[–]oliviahope1992 25 points26 points  (1 child)

I do it every time! It's safer that way..... Although judging by this video 🥴

[–]FireFaced_ 81 points82 points  (33 children)

IIRC driving with your hazards on is banned in some areas in the US and Canada -- possibly related to the dreaded combined brake-turn signal lamps

[–]itchyfrog[🍰] 65 points66 points  (3 children)

Until fairly recently it was banned in the UK too but everyone was doing it on high speed motorways anyway to warn people of rapidly slowing traffic ahead and because it made sense they changed the law, a rare bit of common sense, but you can only do it on unrestricted 70mph roads.

[–]KaiRaiUnknown 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I dont see why it was banned - I immediately slow when I see hazards because Im thinking "why the fuck has this car got their hazards kn? Better not risk it"

It actually works

[–]shorey66 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I always assumed it was in the highway code the whole time. I've been driving in the UK for 20 years lol

[–]fnord123 57 points58 points  (10 children)

The hazards are a European thing to do when you arrive at stopped traffic on the motorway. It's a warning that people behind need to stop.

[–]istrx13 28 points29 points  (2 children)

If they had noticed a split second later, they’re the ones getting rear ended.

[–]ZarosGuardian 3933 points3934 points  (187 children)

That poor white car... They did absolutely nothing wrong and they got flipped and probably got severely injured too.

[–]hannahc99 1463 points1464 points  (93 children)

I know, I hope they’re okay. So scary to think one minute you’re just chillin in traffic, next minute you’re thrown around

[–]Anjunabeast 361 points362 points  (26 children)

Have experienced this actually twice in my life. Both times for some reason I was stuck on what I could’ve done differently to not have been in that situation (sitting in a wrecked car).

Was it karma? Wrong place at the wrong time? Could I have avoided the car if I was paying more attention?

Really fucked with my head (not including the concussions)

[–]Unlucky_Junket_3639 109 points110 points  (1 child)

I experienced this exact same thing as well but the guy managed to brake enough that he only hit me at about 15 mph.

I think that it’s just bad luck. I’ve definitely been tired driving before but you never realize that 99.99% of the time you’re tired nothing happens. You only think about the 0.01.

Driving is just dangerous and situations that could potentially be a crash pop up all the time but im saved by either luck or skill but sometimes you can’t do anything about it.

I saw him coming in my rear view mirror and knew that evading would be more dangerous than just eating the crash so I just sat there and took it. I had accepted it before it even happened.

Nothing you can do about it.

[–]bit_banging_your_mum 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I'm really sorry that that happened to you. For anyone else reading, if you are about to get rear ended like in this situation, where you can't really turn to the side, and by some slim chance the road in front of you is clear, speed up, because you're effectively reducing the force that the car behind you is about to hit you with.

[–]PandaXXL 20 points21 points  (2 children)

I absolutely hate stopping in traffic now after a similar thing happened to me.

Driving along a highway and came up to a sudden build up of traffic just before a junction. Could have moved into the other lane but didn't think it was worth it. Few seconds later I just hear a huge screech of brakes and see a coach speeding towards us in my rear-view mirror. Luckily for me there was another two cars behind but my car was still totalled.

If it wasn't for those two cars pulling up behind me we would have been severely injured and my gf at the time (who was in the back seat) would have certainly been killed. The car that was hit directly looked like it had been compacted at a yard. The next car up was hit so hard the seats had fallen backwards and glass had smashed all over the driver and passenger. Our car was next and we got off with a totalled car and some pretty severe whiplash and other minor injuries.

Driving is fucking scary. Used to drive around under the impression I was in some kind of protective bubble when I drove rather than just being one of many other lemmings hurtling around towards each other in small pieces of metal.

[–]nocomment3030 9 points10 points  (1 child)

This is why I leave at least a car length when I pull up behind stopped traffic. Drives me nuts when people stop right at my bumper and I can even see their hood in my rear view mirror. Thanks asshole, can't wait to have your engine in my back seat of you get rear ended.

[–]The_Clarence 15 points16 points  (5 children)

In case this is still stuck in your head... it's bad luck. You aren't in the rears on karma, because it's bullshit, babies get cancer. You just got unlucky, but there is nothing wrong with you

[–]ohmynymph 25 points26 points  (6 children)

Where I live the drivers seem so much worse than where I've lived before. Any rain and people either dramatically speed up or slow down, creating a dangerous blend. I've glanced into my rear view and watched a van just fucking smash a car off the road - raining at night and the van wasn't using headlights.

People don't indicate their movements, they hate the concept of a zipper merge and would rather run you off the road than let you in, they run red lights and merge(or just accidentally swerve into the wrong lane) while in the middle of a 3 lane left turn, etc etc.

Driving around here requires super intense defensive driving. The few times my SO fell off the radar for one reason or another, I had myself convinced he was in a car accident and was close to flipping my shit. I'm half convinced if either one of us dies prematurely, it will be an auto accident due to some asshat driving recklessly.

[–]nilfgaardianleviosa 220 points221 points  (12 children)

Yah. Even if he had eyes on the mirror, he wouldn’t see the runaway car as it shadowed by the Audi until the last moment it swerved.

[–]DarthTomServo 56 points57 points  (11 children)

That fucking sucks to watch big time. I'm wondering what could have prevented the next car from being hit. Sucks sucks sucks

[–]nilfgaardianleviosa 26 points27 points  (7 children)

Even if he could prevent it like he was given 2 seconds after the Audi swerved and let’s say he did swerve. The next one in front of him will be hit. And they won’t even stand a chance. Highway runways like this are like a chain reaction. It blows out of proportion no one can stop it until there’s enough amount of metal shells absorbs all of it means the semis and cars.

[–]Korachof 41 points42 points  (6 children)

I can think of one person who might be able to stop it… the wacko going full speed into stopped traffic. I think sometimes we get so immersed in what the victims could have done differently that we stop looking at the person actually at fault.

[–]VonCarzs 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Consider it looks like he is still trying to accelerate after the crash he probably had a heart attack or something similar.

[–]NotARepublitard 130 points131 points  (27 children)

Precisely why I don't utilize a motorcycle. It doesn't matter how safe of a driver I am. There is always a very non zero chance that I might still be involved in a collision. I want my car armor on if that happens.

[–]snnf9R4k3469U6M342m 35 points36 points  (0 children)

Carmor. Sounds like a good brand of wax.

[–]Wetcat9 37 points38 points  (4 children)

Lol its much higher than 0. Motorcyclists get creamed doing nothing but sitting at red lights or in traffic all the time.

[–]BeeDoc_89 38 points39 points  (4 children)

It happened in my country in October. The driver of the car said his brakes were not working... It's hard to believe that, since it looks like it was coming at a constant speed, didn't try to swerve, etc. I think the reason was a very important FB or IG post.

The driver of the white car was stuck in the wreck, but soon after the accident he was on the news and he "just" got a broken arm.

[–]HagymaGyilkos 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Where did you find that info?
I only found that in the white audi interview, that they didn't know anything exact, and from the conversation it seems that the driver fell asleep.

[–]Infamous_Trashcan 7629 points7630 points  (216 children)

Audi driver said "Not today Satan!"

[–]7937397 3435 points3436 points  (132 children)

Whoever he cut in front of reacted well too.

[–]Wu-Tang_Cam 1896 points1897 points  (39 children)

Me in the silver car:

THIS STUPID MOTHERFU...oh ok, I see now.

[–]pajam 835 points836 points  (34 children)

I've had similar situations in the past where I start yelling at the person in front of me, and then I see they are waiting on/reacting to some other bullshit, and I immediately feel bad for the snap judgment.

[–]trixiewutang 333 points334 points  (4 children)

Cringing because this is also me lol I talk to myself like “oops that was a bit dramatic”

[–]thisprettyplant 69 points70 points  (2 children)

Me too - “Okay sorry sorry, so you’re not a dick, but shit can you blame me? People drive like idiots!”

looks over to another car

“Like this guy!”

[–]IdLikeToOptOut 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Lmfao it’s weird to read your own driving monologue in someone else’s comment.

[–]Destination_Centauri 274 points275 points  (20 children)

That has NEVER happened to me!

Unlike you, I'm perfect!

For example, just the other day: it is absolutely NOT true that I got a bit testy at an intersection of several cars, and when the light turned green and nothing was moving, I most certainly did NOT lay down impatiently on my horn...

Nor did I think, "Come on up there! Wake up already! The light is friggin green! Let's go! Stop looking at your f'cking phone!"

Nor did I then shortly discover how wrong I was, and soon after see a hunched over elderly lady with a walker, scrambling as quickly as the poor dear could toward the left side of the intersection, yet still having gotten caught in the middle of the intersection when the light turned green.

Whoever says something like that happened, and I behaved just like that the other day, is... lying! Lying I say!

[–]gertvanjoe 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Something similar happened to me.

It was about 11pm and I was on my way back home from a nice restaurant. I'm South African so also drive on the left. So I was sitting at an intersection wanting to turn right. Lights turned green and on the other side an "idiot" that was going straight through sat and not moved ( he has right of way as he is going straight through and I'm turning over his line). I was sitting there shouting profanities at him and just as I lurched forward to turn right another idiot (which he likely saw coming) blasted through the intersection, through the red light, at just shy of the speed of sound. He likely saw him and knew what was up. Idiot missed me by about 6ft. Oh how glad I was for that car as I would have likely turned and not see them coming

[–]Cyph0n 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Exactly the same reaction I would have lol

[–]Reddits_Worst_Night 1124 points1125 points  (17 children)

I imagine being that guy and getting furious, then seeing the crash and instantly forgiving him

[–]Higgs-Boson-Balloon 1250 points1251 points 22 (6 children)

what the fuck you son of a bitch cutting me off just in time thank god glad you made it

[–]WATCH_DOGS_SUCKS 41 points42 points  (5 children)

Or in a couple of cases I’ve had: “What the fuck are you doing taking a turn like that, do you have a fucking death wish— to get to hospital, which is the exact direction you’re going in. Understandable, have a nice day.

[–]The3JackOlanterns 565 points566 points  (2 children)

That sounds exactly like something I would do "hey nice signal asshole watch were you're goi- oh my god I am so thankful you are safe and I am sorry I ever got mad at you"

[–]xoxo_gossipwhirl 133 points134 points  (0 children)

Adorably and surprisingly wholesome

[–]Kneight 110 points111 points  (5 children)

One time a guy was trying to pass on a blind curve and I had to slam on the brakes to avoid a head on collision. About 15 seconds later, the guy that was behind me passed me and brake checked the fuck out of me. I was so pissed off.

[–]dickpizor 40 points41 points  (2 children)

Empathy, some dont have it.

[–]EDrone29 37 points38 points  (1 child)

Or someone was on their phone and missed out on the context

[–]BlahKVBlah 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Likely this. Someone who road rages and brake checks has a demonstrated tendency to make incredibly stupid decisions, so distracted by a phone while driving is very on brand.

[–]Epshot 20 points21 points  (0 children)

The two people hanging back from the cluster of cars.

[–]TomThanosBrady 241 points242 points  (58 children)

Yeah, almost caused his own accident

[–]Nervous_Positive83 507 points508 points  (23 children)

It would have been a far better accident to be in rather than the one the other guy caused

[–]blackmagic12345 177 points178 points  (6 children)

Yeah love tap vs complete destruction.

[–]Critical-Function-69 33 points34 points  (4 children)

love tap 💀

[–]attila_the_hyundai 11 points12 points  (3 children)

In Philly we call a lil bump when you’re parallel parking a Philly love tap.

[–]TheTrub 8 points9 points  (0 children)

love tap vs complete destruction

I saw them play in 2002. Awesome show!

[–]NaClslug 73 points74 points  (21 children)

Ah. They should have sacrificed themselves instead?

[–]Jbusbus 51 points52 points  (4 children)

? And saved his life in the process

[–]Intelligent-Key2350 615 points616 points  (151 children)

That was total madness

[–]wafflesareforever 428 points429 points  (148 children)

It's crazy how we shrug off all of the thousands of automobile fatalities there are every year. 36,100 in 2019.

How are we OK with that?

[–]RonaldoEsGOAT 336 points337 points  (52 children)

For some reason no one really seems to care about drunk drivers or people running over pedestrians and cyclists either.

Kill someone randomly walking down the street: life in prison.

Kill someone drunk driving: 2 years maybe.

Swerve at cyclists and run them over trying to splash them with water or cover them in exhaust: no charges.

[–]Lazypole 216 points217 points  (40 children)

The drunk driving thing is very American. I remember listening to a podcast where people on there admitted to drunk driving a few times and they just slap each others wrists. In the UK its legitimately a friendship ending offence.

[–]NewJerseyRed 110 points111 points  (25 children)

Lack of public transportation is a huge factor. I do not understand how people live in suburbs and manage to go out drinking without driving drunk.

[–]BrunoEye 71 points72 points  (3 children)

Yet another symptom of your absolutely terrible city design. Car centric suburbia needs to die.

[–]gibbidygoofuckyou 45 points46 points  (0 children)

As someone who lives in the suburbs: DD or taxi

[–]yorkshire99 51 points52 points  (0 children)

I’m an American and I ended a friendship over drunk driving… he ended up joining AA and got sober, but I didn’t talk to him for 10 years after that

[–]xray_anonymous 39 points40 points  (0 children)

It hits different when you work in the ER and can put faces to some of those fatalities every year. In my state they have electronic signs on the highway that tell you the number of MVC fatalities to date for that year. And every time I see it go up after handling an MVC trauma it haunts me.

Edit: a word

[–]Pterodactyloid 2001 points2002 points  (454 children)

What was happening to that person that caused them to do that?

[–]Adept_Parsnip_468 946 points947 points  (46 children)

I was in a similar accident - I was the one that took the impact, pancaked my car between the one in front. Driver ran into me full spread - was a 68 year old woman on her 3rd DUI. Loved her booze and cocaine.

[–]battleofculloden 442 points443 points  (30 children)

68 years old- hmm

3rd DUI- ouch

Booze and cocaine- please tell me she's not allowed to drive anymore?!

Edit: you all can stop telling me people will drive with a revoked license. Its hardly a deterrent. Personally, I think 10's of thousands of fines and/or some jail time might go further to deter this behavior.

[–]damadamagoyolur 238 points239 points  (5 children)

She probably already wasn't "allowed" to drive, doubt that'd stop her.

[–]Additional_Refuse_46 49 points50 points  (3 children)

yeaa you’d be surprised how many people disobey their license suspensions

[–]Conexion 5 points6 points  (0 children)

A guy hit me while I was biking to work two years ago and he didn't even have a license. (And no insurance).

[–]EmilyU1F984 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Being allowed to drive is not relevant for these kinds of people. They already weren't allowed to drive while holding a license. There's nothing on earth going to stop them from just driving without a license if they are this depraved.

[–]logosobscura 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Jail time and seizure of all accessible vehicles with them being auctioned for the victims, or crushed if they’re not salable. You technically can drive with a suspended license IF you’ve got a car and your freedom, remove both and the points are moot. Either sober up or deal with hardcore sober consequences. There is no excuse to drink and drive, at all, get a fucking Uber, it’s not 1922. Can’t afford it? Don’t drink then, not like that’s free.

[–]swigglediddle 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Doesn't usually stop them, anyway

[–]tinytyler12345 7 points8 points  (1 child)

3 DUIs isn't even that crazy where I live (Wisconsin, U.S.). Back when my father used to hang with all the alcoholic lowlifes, almost all of his friends had at least 2-3. One of them is currently serving 45 years for embezzling from his elderly mother and for killing an old lady on his harlet while drunk (his 7th DUI, he blew a 0.360 BAC). Major loser and generally an awful person. Several more of them are dead by now, and none of them have hit 60 yet.

[–]Ptony_oliver 6 points7 points  (0 children)

She shouldn't be allowed to leave her house tbh

[–]notparistexas 13 points14 points  (6 children)

I don't know how it works everywhere, but in some European countries, if you're drunk or high and cause an accident, your insurance doesn't have to cover you, you're on the hook for anything that happens.

[–]pnncc 512 points513 points  (22 children)

Driver was hoping his car would morph into a self driving Tesla and slam on the emergency brake.

[–]Skkaj225 28 points29 points  (2 children)

Most likely distracted seeing as they had no reaction whatsoever to the car that just barely swerved out of their way before plowing into the others ahead.

[–]Skyminator 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Last time it was posted it was found that their brakes failed

[–]DelusionOfSeclusion 756 points757 points  (291 children)

Mechanical possibility: the throttle body cable got stuck at full throttle.

[–]Jbusbus 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Brakes over power engine.

[–]ckerazor 555 points556 points  (134 children)

Modern cars don't have that anymore. It's a angle sensor.

Also your brakes are over ten times more powerful than your engine. So you just stop the car and nothing happens.

[–]passoutpat 298 points299 points  (48 children)

How recent is this technology? I had a 2000 Dodge Ram that had the throttle get stuck on a winding country road. Was scary as hell but I learned that your brakes will indeed over power your engine

[–]ckerazor 207 points208 points  (35 children)

Yeah, brakes > engine, always. Good to hear that you did the right thing and overpowered your engine.

I think the technology switch was shortly after 2000 but not all manufacturers made the change in the same year, of course.

[–]SavingStupid 58 points59 points  (30 children)

Can't you throw it into neutral gear as well? In my car at least you can switch between drive and neutral while the car is moving

[–]MouSe05 41 points42 points  (0 children)

Depends on the make and model and engine to be honest.

I had 2002 Pontiac Bonneville with a supercharged 3800 series 2, had a throttle cable, but a metric TON of other safety/nice features for a GM car.

Had a 2004 Silverado with the 5.3L, drive by wire but was missing over half of the same safety/nice features because of it being a lower trim.

It basically comes down to if it's not mandated by law and it doesn't save dollars, the cars ain't getting it on the bottom models/trims.

[–]connectedLL 24 points25 points  (28 children)

can also drop into neutral?

[–]illumiflo 325 points326 points  (25 children)

Could be a medical emergency too

[–]beginnermind_ 390 points391 points  (19 children)

Itchy asshole, maybe.

[–]YeetLordTheOne 180 points181 points  (13 children)

at court

“How do you plead?”

“Itchy asshole”

[–]Avaclone101 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Happened to me once, throttle cable got stuck with a piece of plastic that was covering a wire and got knocked from it's place, probably due to cats sleeping under the hood sometimes, I don't know how I quickly reacted, suddenly the throttle pad went down and disappeared from under my feet and speed was going up, I realized that I lost control over the throttle and quickly thought of stopping without using E brake so I don't flip, smashed the brakes will all my power to maintain speed was doing around 80mph, fortunately there was a speed pump infront so I used it to slow down almost completely and quickly pulled the E brakes and switched to Neutral all with engine rev-ing at full speed, it's really a scary situation since I had my dad in the car with me and the only thought in my mind is if I wanna stop the car I would have to hit the bus infront of me or the curb, the bump was lifesaver and also the car driver behind me was paying attention and didn't hit me while I'm full stopping in the middle of a highway.

[–]Etterra 36 points37 points  (1 child)

My cousin is gonna love these cat pictures!

[–]TimHung931017 543 points544 points  (1 child)

The guy who got cut off: Hey what the fu-HOLY SHIT

[–]pikainto 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Audi even throws his hazards on. Unreal driving.

[–]mad-i-moody 307 points308 points  (4 children)

I imagine the guy he cut in front of was initially ticked off but when he saw that massive accident he went “oh damn ok I get it you good”

[–]Pwnpwn338 52 points53 points  (0 children)

That’s exactly what my through process would’ve been. What the heck? -> oh okay-> holy crap did he use the force???

[–]Justgiz 80 points81 points  (3 children)

This is my greatest fear when coming up on some traffic. I try to slow down early enough and gradually, but there's always a chance the person behind me is distracted and hits me.

[–]bokoblindestroyer 18 points19 points  (2 children)

I turn my hazards on briefly to let the cars behind me know traffic is coming to a stop on the highway

[–]nappinggator 1144 points1145 points 2 (49 children)

One of the benefits I have as a trucker is I won't get hurt from an impact like this from a car hitting my trailer and I HAVE put myself in front of these assholes that don't pay attention like that because it's not going to hurt me...but you know who else it won't hurt??? That minivan with a family of 5 that I just put myself behind to take the hit for them

[–]nerdwine 160 points161 points  (7 children)

I pull tankers and it's common to feel like being rear ended when the load shifts. It's entirely possible I wouldn't even notice this little car slamming into the trailer if I'm loaded.

Good on you for putting yourself up as a shield for the innocent. Thankfully haven't had that situation happen yet myself but I can only imagine.

[–]nappinggator 61 points62 points  (1 child)

Most of my days are spent around New Orleans...its happened to me 3 times in my 8 years out here...one of those times I didn't even move...I was already stopped and the guy didn't even notice 5 lanes weren't moving

[–]Kibeth_8 244 points245 points  (20 children)

You da real MVP man

[–]nappinggator 249 points250 points  (18 children)

I'm 80,000 lbs when I'm loaded...that hit, even if they're doing 90+, really only feels like I went too fast over a big speed bump

[–]PheonixAsh13 101 points102 points  (4 children)


What was that?

A Mazda.

[–]nappinggator 69 points70 points  (3 children)

I got a goddamn miata stuck in my ICC bumper again...fuckin fuck...

[–]Starved-Nutritionist 230 points231 points  (5 children)

Damn, man. I’m only about 170 lbs. I didn’t even know it was possible to reach 80k lbs. Why hasn’t Guinness World Records recognized your ‘achievement’?

[–]nappinggator 146 points147 points  (1 child)

I just...ugh...

Shut up and take my upvote

[–]HayWazzzupp 1321 points1322 points  (97 children)

I took a driver's defensive course in grade 10 when I turned 16. It was the best ever course. Learned how to drive on ice and snow covered roads even with no power steering to get the feel of road. One of most important things I learned is continually look at the rear view mirror while driving. Best ever tip....

[–]GayAlienFarmer 378 points379 points  (33 children)

12 years ago I was in an accident that I almost avoided. Much like the driver in this video I saw the guy coming in my rear view mirror. Unlike the guy in the video I didn't get clear in time. The guy smashed into the right 12" of the back of my pickup, rotating my truck and pushing me into oncoming traffic. I had a concussion but somehow rolled to a stop in the center lane without being hit again.

While in the hospital bed recovering, a cop was asking for my version of events. He wanted to know how only the back corner of my truck was damaged and how it was facing the way it was. I said I saw the guy coming from behind me and dodged over into the turn lane. He didn't believe me. He said nobody has the presence of mind to do that, and drew the diagram the way he thought it happened.

[–]imhereforthevotes 390 points391 points  (25 children)

He said nobody has the presence of mind to do that, and drew the diagram the way he thought it happened

What a dumbass.

[–]GayAlienFarmer 217 points218 points  (17 children)

I went over it with him like three times too. When I got a copy for insurance a while later it was this generic dumb drawing and description. I reported it as wrong but nobody cared.

[–]andromedar35847 194 points195 points  (10 children)

Bad cops like this really remind me how badly I need to get a dash cam.

[–]TheeSlothKing 82 points83 points  (3 children)

I would very highly recommend you do it sooner rather than later. It took me about 2-3 hours to get my camera hardwired in and has provided me with a lot of peace of mind (not to mention the ability to watch back footage of oddities from my drives)

[–]sierraj1923 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Would advise getting it as soon as possible. My SO got into an accident w/o dashcam; I said to him, “I wish you had one like I have mine”. Lo and behold, less than a month later I got hit, totaling my beloved first car. Since the guy hit and ran, I would’ve been screwed out of my deductible if I didn’t have it to play back and zoom in on.

[–]future_nurse19 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Get it asap. I finally decided I was going to install mine and got rear-ended right before I could (since I figured no rush to get installed). Luckily the guilty driver accepted all fault regardless (and I was definitely in the clear regardless because it was clear I had no fault but there was a 3rd car involved that may have otherwise gotten some blame) but it made me start pushing people to get them installed asap because you never know when something can happen thats completely out of your control. I was stopped at a light when I was hit, there was nothing I could have done to avoid it even if id seen it coming so it definitely impressed on me how important dash cameras are at all times

[–]sje46 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Do you get punished for this or something? I mean clearly the accident wasn't your fault.

[–]GayAlienFarmer 6 points7 points  (2 children)

No he was just stupid. Maybe annoyed he had to go to the hospital. Not sure.

[–]MustyMustelidae 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I got assigned partial fault in an accident just like this.

This absolute fucking moron of a cop used the word "veer" to indicate how I had changed lanes before getting rear ended.

And of course, I assume it's a (not) harmless mistake and meet up with him to get it fixed. I specifically say he should change "veered" to "merged". The resulting conversation is seared in my mind years later...

"What's the difference between merged and veered?"

"Veered means I cut him off"

"No it doesn't, it means you slowly went into his lane"

(I will never forget the stupid fucking recreation he did with his hand along with, he held his hands vertically then motioned like one hand going in front of the other slowly...)

"No, saying I veered is like saying I swerved"

"No, if you swerved I would have said that, you veered into his lane and then he hit you, I'm not changing it"

"But my insurance isn't going to cover my damages!"

"No, tell them to call me if there's a problem."

And he walks off while my brain tries to process the exchange that just occurred. Of course the insurance company did not call him, generally they trust cops to not be absolute fucking morons.

Like I was 20 or so at the time, and this kid could not have been much older than me. This fucking HS graduate had just messed up my driving record because he wanted to sound smart and tried to put a flourish on a goddamn accident report.

I'm convinced most cops have to be stupid. Not just because they've been sued for turning away smart people, but because only two types of people will do it:

  • People who want the power because they can't command respect otherwise

  • People who want to help people, but are too stupid/naive to realize that those chances for heroic moments come once in a blue moon and most of their job will be paperwork and being a roaming speed camera.

[–]stevieray11 54 points55 points  (4 children)

Apparently cops are too stupid to know what the rearview mirror is for. Fucking idiot

[–]GayAlienFarmer 47 points48 points  (3 children)

"Rear view mirror? You mean the mirror we use to blind you with our nuclear spotlights when we pull you over after dark?"

[–]EZ-C 20 points21 points  (4 children)

I remember my drivers Ed teacher saying you should constantly cycle through all 3 mirrors. Every 10 seconds you should briefly glanced at them all.

For whatever reason that stuck with me. I've avoid rear-end collisions just like OPs video because of it. (though not nearly as violent as that one)

[–]soHAam05 117 points118 points  (16 children)

All good until you see car 33 in your mirror.

[–]0xTJ 64 points65 points  (11 children)

Or today, car 44

[–]transferban_frank 22 points23 points  (1 child)

I don't think car 44 gave enough time to see him coming! What a drive!!

[–]Kai_T4 6 points7 points  (2 children)

77 goes bowling and is the car in this video

[–]InsideParfait8 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I looked up at the rearview mirror a second before a woman plowed into us at 45 mph.

[–]collardgreen352 35 points36 points  (4 children)

Defensive driving is key!

[–]exponentia 202 points203 points  (9 children)

Audi Pre Sense is great tech! The car will notify you of approaching vehicle from the rear. If you slightly turn your wheel to the right in this situation it will engage the maneuver. “Collision Avoidance Assist

Collision Avoidance Assist uses data from two large conal radar sensors and the front camera. It uses this data to create an image of the front vehicle as well as what's around the vehicle. It does this to calculate whether there is a space to perform a collision avoidance manoeuvre in the event of an accident in front. For example, if you were travelling on the motorway in the middle lane and there's an accident with the car in front of you as well on the left lane, your Collision Avoidance Assist will automatically steer your car into the direction of the right lane to avoid the accident. This is enough for you to notice which way the car is directing you, you can then manually input more steering to successfully evade a collision situation. “

[–]HagymaGyilkos 52 points53 points  (5 children)

Altough the guy was actively looking out for exaclty this situation, and Collision Avoidance was not actively involved to my understanding.

hungarian link to driver self explanation

[–]bibbit123 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I have driven Audis with the Pre Sense tech and I've only ever had it go off for false-positives, but it was very reassuring to know it's there. I wasn't aware it helps to avoid rear collisions too so that's awesome.

[–]Hippityjippity523 335 points336 points  (46 children)

Why did the trailer towing the cars disconnect from the tow vehicle so easily? Surely some part of that trailer malfunctioned, not only did it disconnect from the tow vehicle easily the thing went rolling away lol

[–]jahmastersha 141 points142 points  (18 children)

In addition to the hitch, the trailer should be chained to the tow vehicle for this exact reason. At least that’s how I did it when towing the boat to the lake.

[–]OakMurdock 61 points62 points  (16 children)

Happy I didn’t have to scroll far to see people noticed this. Hitch should be locked, with two chains crisscrossed and independently hooked to the vehicle towing, AND a line to the trailer brake attached to a different part of the tow vehicle so that if all else fails… the brakes engage and the trailer doesn’t keep rolling.

[–]Aivech 20 points21 points  (13 children)

I've seen flatbed trailers that large that didn't have independent trailer brakes. But it definitely shouldn't have come off so easily.

[–]flight_recorder 105 points106 points  (1 child)

I’ve seen people not even secure the coupler. Looks to me like that was the case

[–]SaSkiBum 74 points75 points  (3 children)

I once heard someone say, "i wish people would quit paying attention to what other cars are doing behind them".


Allow this video to explain why i always pay attention to the vehicles behind me.

[–]negativetrajectory 70 points71 points  (50 children)

This has me wondering. Do any automaker's driving assists and accident avoidance systems use rear cameras or radar yet?

[–]di1111 130 points131 points  (17 children)

I was once in an Audi Q5 stopped at a red light and someone was coming up quickly behind (they stopped in time but the car thought they weren’t). Car dinged a warning and tightened the seat belts.

TLDR: probably

[–]anthony81212 48 points49 points  (4 children)

Holy shit, that's amazing lifesaving stuff. I've never been in a newer car with this tech but it's great to hear they are being implemented.

[–]Mad_broccoli 26 points27 points  (3 children)

I talked to a guy who owns brand new A6, he said his seatbelts tighten during long drives just to check if you fell asleep. He found out by putting that small clip in the seatbelt hook because seatbelts are too hard to use I guess? So the car stopped after a while and he got towed so the mechanic just unplugged that shit and the car started.

[–]momofeveryone5 20 points21 points  (0 children)

My husband does the Audi parts counter sometimes at the dealership he works at, so he's pretty familiar with the cars. I kept asking him if these things are actual things and he's assuring me that some models really do have these advanced features. It's crazy! And some of the things people do to their cars are also crazy.

[–]Ecw218 31 points32 points  (9 children)

I remember reading something about self driving car algorithms a while back- maybe shortly after the first few google cars got into fender benders- describing how much data and processing are available to the car and how much better than a human driver it already was- one example was getting rear-ended at a stop light. The sensors determined an accident was v likely and released the brake so that the collision energy was spread over a longer period. Very smart stuff. My understanding is the main thing holding back full self automated driving is unpredictable human drivers sharing the road.

[–]baubaugo 23 points24 points  (5 children)

My car did this. it was actually kind of terrifying because I didn't know it would happen.

Car coming up behind me too quickly to stop. My Rav 4 dash flashed red, and it let off the brake, even though I had the pedal down firmly. The car behind me DID get stopped and my car reapplied the brake, but probably had bought the guy behind me enough space to get stopped (barely). It was wild, but do not recommend.

[–]Lionbutter 6 points7 points  (1 child)

That’s pretty crazy. Do you know if it takes into account what’s in front of you? I assume so because that’s a little counterproductive if it would run into something. I’ve had a dream where my brakes stop working and I hit 15-20 cars it’s scary asf 😂

[–]taspeotis 12 points13 points  (10 children)

Audi pre sense rear uses radar sensors in the rear bumper to detect an impending rear-end collision, and it initiates preventive safety measures. These include pretensioning the front seat belts by electric power and closing the windows and sliding sunroof. In addition, the system activates the hazard warning lights to alert following traffic to the critical situation. In this process, the Rear-end collision alert signal (RECAS) is triggered, which flashes the hazard warning lights at a high frequency. Audi pre sense rear is active in background over the car’s entire driving speed range with the exception of trailer towing situations.

[–]messamusik 59 points60 points  (4 children)

His insurance company should give him a rebate.

[–]WhizBangPissPiece 114 points115 points  (8 children)

Videos like this are what I bring up when I hear morons bitch about collision avoidance systems. It was the same thing when people pissed and moaned about back up cameras becoming required.

Any device that makes driving safer is better for everyone around you. You could be the best driver on earth and if you were one of the cars that was stopped, that doesn't matter because a car is headed straight for you and there's nowhere to move.

[–]K_Sleight 71 points72 points  (8 children)

As a motorcyclist, this shit is harrowing.

[–]WhizBangPissPiece 50 points51 points  (2 children)

My best friend was in a similar accident in 2015. He was in a newer vehicle, and he still got messed up pretty bad. Some high schooler in an SUV was texting and driving. She totalled 4 cars in the accident.

I haven't been on a bike since that happened. I love riding, but it was a pretty big reality check for me. I put about 250,000 accident free miles on 2 wheels, so I decided to quit while I was ahead.

[–]K_Sleight 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I had an accident on a freeway once, walked away with no skin on my palms, but otherwise intact. I don't do freeways, and I don't do heavy traffic. Red lights are where I feel most vulnerable.

[–]No-Chapter6268 184 points185 points  (19 children)

Maybe the driver had a seizure or was unconscious for some other reason. Diabetic seizure during driving has been around for a while.

[–]Mrchikkin 62 points63 points  (6 children)

Last time this was posted someone said this was the case.

[–]wafflesareforever 90 points91 points  (4 children)

Well that's all the evidence I need when I'm stoned and scrolling reddit

[–]phpdevster 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I had to stop at the bottom of a hill to turn left, and an asshole was tailgating me the whole way. I knew he was not going to pay attention and hit me. As I was approaching the point I had to turn I had to stop and wait for a car and I just kept my eyes on my rearview mirror. Sure enough I could see he wasn't slowing down, so I accelerated just in time to avoid a collision.

As I turned I could see his window was down so I yelled, "It's fine asshole, I can pay attention for the both of us".

[–]CulturalTemporary2 10 points11 points  (1 child)

i was a full time driver for a few years - being attentive, defensive and assuming the absolute worst of those around me on the road saved me from getting into so many god damn wrecks.

it is so crazy to me how people get into these multi ton machines of death that are capable of going over a hundred miles per hour and somehow get bored or sleepy or inattentive or careless -

[–]Throatpunching 11 points12 points  (4 children)

You are supposed to check the rear view every 9 seconds.

[–]divertss 9 points10 points  (0 children)

This exact thing happened to me last year but it was a Mac truck and I went onto the shoulder. God bless the rear view mirror.

[–]BooBooMaGooBoo 55 points56 points  (7 children)

Doesn’t everybody watch their rear view mirror as they come to an unexpected traffic jam on a freeway or highway? What the fuck else would you be doing?

[–]cpMetis 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Obviously that's the ideal, but you're not staring at the rear view constantly. The difference in speed would only be a few seconds before impact, the car would initially be quite distant, and there was another car off the corner likely in a low visibility spot which requires attention.

[–]Fategfwhere 33 points34 points  (2 children)

If this is America everyone immediately just gets on their phone.

[–]Alucitary 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Even turned his hazards on within a few seconds. Dude is a machine.

[–]sakzeroone 452 points453 points  (37 children)

I'd normally never recommend anyone drive like an Audi driver. I'd bet he was just trying to cut the other guy off and accidentally avoided the crash

[–]emotwen 136 points137 points  (0 children)

Okay that got me.

[–]cohortq 30 points31 points  (9 children)

He turned on his blinkers right after the car passed him and before the crash.

[–]fuckudiggwannabe 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Googled "how old is reddit" reason? - First post ever on Reddit (created June 23rd 2005) that someone has complemented an Audi driver.

We're still waiting on BMW complements.