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It can’t be said enough: winter tires and careful driving are the only way to stay safe while travelling on snow and ice.
Even the best driver will ultimately fail to predict obstacles in some scenarios on the road, which is exactly what happened here. A Russian motorist, or at least a motorist who speaks Russian, catches footage of his own crash after swerving to avoid a couple of hitchhikers.
He is presumably trying to correct a skid that starts after the initial reaction, but ends up sliding right off the road. We hear him swearing in Russian just before the car rolls over and sustains significant damage including a smashed windshield. It doesn’t seem like anyone was seriously injured based on the footage.
Watch the video after the jump.
If American licensed drivers were required to retake the driver’s test today, one in five would not pass, according to results of the 2011 GMAC Insurance National Driver’s Test. 18 percent of the country’s total licensed motorists lack knowledge of some basic rules of the road.
Motorists were asked what to do when approaching a steady yellow traffic light, 85 percent could not identify the correct action. As well, only 25 percent of respondents understood the concept of a safe following distance.
In total, 5,130 motorists were surveyed ranging in age from 16-65. Surprisingly men performed better than women, earning an average score of 80.2 percent, while women scored 74.1 percent.
New York state no longer ranks last, moving to 45th place, while the District of Columbia has now earned last place (one out of three of all drivers in New York and Washington failed).
[Source: The New York Times]
If you’ve ever driven a real go-kart – not one of the amusement park specials – you’ll know how sensetive they are to even the smallest inputs. Even an errant sneeze at the wrong moment can send you on to a course you didn’t anticipate (well, if you sneeze and mis-judge your braking points, you can spin, like this author once did).
The 2010 Rotax Champion, who by all rights should know about this, seems to have gotten lost in his victory celebration, only to suffer a spectacular wipeout, and managed to take the second place finisher with him. Check it out for yourself. We’ll refrain from laughing, since we’d be lucky to even finish a Rotax race without embarassing ourselves.
Video after the jump
Looks like Toyota might not be the only company having problems with “unintended acceleration.” At a recent demonstration of Volvo’s collision avoidance system, the Swedish automaker shot a Volvo S60 out of a specialized tunnel and aimed it directly at the back of a dump truck. Ostensibly, the collision avoidance system was supposed to bring the car to a stop without human intervention, but things didn’t work out as planned, with the car slamming into the truck in front of an assembled crowd of journalists.
Volvo claims that human error caused the crash, due to a lack of preparation on Volvo’s part, and that a human driver would have been able to notice that the system wasn’t working properly. We’re not safety experts and will withhold comment for now, but there’s no doubt that this was an embarrassing episode for a company renowned for their safe vehicles.