Russian dashboard cameras - fcukin' looneys...

Wordsmith

LE
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#1
Just been sent this link...

[video=youtube;5RAaW_1FzYg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5RAaW_1FzYg[/video]

If I ever get suicidal tendencies, I'll go driving in Russia...

Wordsmith
 
#2
The result of allowing drunk, primitive peasants to become middle class. At least communism gave them no realistic hope of driving a vehicle with more than 75bhp.
 
#3
Just been sent this link...

[video=youtube;5RAaW_1FzYg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5RAaW_1FzYg[/video]

If I ever get suicidal tendencies, I'll go driving in Russia...

Wordsmith
bloody hell it makes the Moroccan drivers look almost acceptable.
 
#5
Just been sent this link...

[video=youtube;5RAaW_1FzYg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5RAaW_1FzYg[/video]

If I ever get suicidal tendencies, I'll go driving in Russia...

Wordsmith
Have a like. The suggested videos at the end had titles such as "Acts of kindness" also from dashcams - and it got a little dusty in here.
 
#6
#7
Pfft. The Israelis have been driving like cunts for decades. They were bad when I was first there in '74. With the influx of Ruskies, they can only have got worse.

Traffic deadlock in Tel Aviv - YouTube

Israeli Driver vs Arab Muslim Carjacker - YouTube

The second one is quite disappointing, the fucker didn't get slotted.
I think that the Belgians are a tad worse, although they don't have carjacking scenes like the above.
Yet.
The Italians in Sardinia are also good for a laugh, always assuming that you are suicidally inclined.
 
#8
Just been sent this link...

[video=youtube;5RAaW_1FzYg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5RAaW_1FzYg[/video]

If I ever get suicidal tendencies, I'll go driving in Russia...

Wordsmith
Are all Russian drivers permanently blitzed or is a national characteristic?
The fact that the neighbours are Russian does of course leave me totally underwhelmed, not.
 

mercurydancer

LE
Book Reviewer
#9
Pah, The A19 south from Wynyard is far worse. Temporary mortuaries are a common sight just before the Portrack junction.
 
#10
Just like another late afternoons driving in Toowoomba,no road sense just the need for speed,driving in Bangkok is a doddle compared to Toowoomba , the warrego highway through the town is a popular crash dummy route, heading out to the darling downs betweent/town and dalby is like driving through a cemetary,more crosses and wreaths than flanders
 
#12
#14
Pfft. The Israelis have been driving like cunts for decades. They were bad when I was first there in '74. With the influx of Ruskies, they can only have got worse.

Traffic deadlock in Tel Aviv - YouTube

Israeli Driver vs Arab Muslim Carjacker - YouTube

The second one is quite disappointing, the fucker didn't get slotted.
Traffic deadlocks and paying no attention to rules is one thing (take the Indian traffic for example), but the Russians seem to stomp everyone else in terms of sheer craziness. They take it off the scale!
 
#15
Roads are lethal in Russia - very common for pedestrians to get mowed down on the pavement, let alone crossing the road.

I lived for two years in a city in Samara region. It was a typical soviet-planned grid pattern layout. All the roads were huge wide boulevards - as wide as a UK motorway - and the traffic density was very low. Nevertheless, on my journey to work and back each day (about 7 km each way), I used to see about two bad accidents on average - each day!

Driving standards were insane; they used to drive through the city at 80 mph, even in winter when the roads were covered 12" deep in sheet ice. Ice-driving is one thing, but this was simply coming up to junctions and traffic lights with no possibility of stopping at all. They'd go at a crazy speed right up to the back of an HGV, swerving aside at the last moment - apparently not having even seen it, when, as a Brit driver, you'd have noticed it a km back.

One T-junction had a large factory concrete wall on the other side. 30+ cars had smacked straight head-on into the same wall in about 5 years, killing about a dozen people.

There was a large chemical works on the outside of the city, and we expats used to seriously believe that the entire population were brain damaged - resulting in complete suicidal recklessness (not only in driving, but in drinking, crossing river ice, having a barbecue in the apartment, etc). However the upside of this theory was that the chemical pollution also appeared to make the women incredibly hot...
 
#17
I went on holiday to Naples earlier this year. The local drivers were mad but drove with a certain amount of style and panache and were actually quite good at avoiding collisions etc.

It was the foreign drivers who were most at risk. I spotted more than one German registered BMW and Audi crawling timidly along on the inside lane of the autostrada rather than belting along in the outside lane like they do everywhere else.

Rodney2q
 
#18
4(T) said:
Roads are lethal in Russia - very common for pedestrians to get mowed down on the pavement, let alone crossing the road.

I lived for two years in a city in Samara region. It was a typical soviet-planned grid pattern layout. All the roads were huge wide boulevards - as wide as a UK motorway - and the traffic density was very low. Nevertheless, on my journey to work and back each day (about 7 km each way), I used to see about two bad accidents on average - each day!

Driving standards were insane; they used to drive through the city at 80 mph, even in winter when the roads were covered 12" deep in sheet ice. Ice-driving is one thing, but this was simply coming up to junctions and traffic lights with no possibility of stopping at all. They'd go at a crazy speed right up to the back of an HGV, swerving aside at the last moment - apparently not having even seen it, when, as a Brit driver, you'd have noticed it a km back.

One T-junction had a large factory concrete wall on the other side. 30+ cars had smacked straight head-on into the same wall in about 5 years, killing about a dozen people.
I can believe it! I go on a Russian website which posts all these dashcam videos and the driving is beyond belief sometimes. There is no explanation for it, other than being incredibly drunk or like you say, brain damaged.

Their equivilent of zebra crossings are death traps, cars will approach at 50 mph+, and instead of slowing, they'll squeeze between the stopped cars and hit the pedestrians crossing. They make outrageous overtakes on wet/icy roads and either roll it off the road or collide with something in the opposite direction.

I could go on. I'll see if I can find some of the more ridiculous ones when I get home tonight and post them here.
 
#19
I can only put the Russian attitude to driving down to vodka, unlike the Indian attitude which seems to revolve around karma. I look forward to the times that the Chinese start using web cams.

Driving day to day in Italy I am some what used to the style of driving, however at least once a week someone surprises me with some absolute howler. Last week in the alps we went around a blind bend and hit a queue, the car behind braked and missed me by 2 feet, the car behind him swerved in to the middle of the road. The motorcyclist ridding the 750 Kawasaki at what ever speed was not so lucky, piling straight in to one of the cars so fast he stoved in the hatchback. well shaken up after a while he came to his senses and asked for a cigarette, I did point out his petrol tank had leaked all over the road and his was in fact lying next to a pool of petrol but he was unfazed by this. At this point I made my excuses and left.

The craziest I see here are the young lads roaring around the Turin motorway in summer on superbikes, wearing shorts, flip flops and a crash helmet, I just hate to think what kind of mess that would make.
 
#20
I recall a letter in an old Guns and Ammo magazine, where an American was travelling to Italy for a hunting trip. Asking about the speed limits in one particular region the Editor responded that whilst there was a speed limit, no one had yet been able to achieve it :)
 

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