Why are dashcams so popular in Russia?

#3
I've got one on my work van - wouldn't be without it now as there has been a spate of slam on 'accidents' recently, but also more generally as a lot of relatively minor shunts are being classed as 50:50 blame by insurance companies and premiums jump the next year.
 
#5
As mentioned, there is a vast industry of deliberate crashes and claims-with-menaces. Richest/baddest person always wins. It goes so far that now people even have live "cloud" back-ups of the footage, as in-car data storage can get seized as evidence and "lost" by the police/crims.
 
#6
See Artes sticky in this thingy.
 

DieHard

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#7
Not just in Russia.
Look what this one caught
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtube_gdata_player&v=m4KntHx15Sk
 
#9
I thought it was so they could make a quick buck flogging on the videos to YBF or Harry Hill or Craziest Fools. £250 a pop?!
 
#10
I've got one on my work van - wouldn't be without it now as there has been a spate of slam on 'accidents' recently, but also more generally as a lot of relatively minor shunts are being classed as 50:50 blame by insurance companies and premiums jump the next year.
See Artes sticky in this thingy.
Not actually a 'sticky' but it it can be found here non-the-less.
 

Schaden

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#11
[h=2]Why are dashcams so popular in Russia?[/h]
Because Russians are uncivilised cnuts - I thought that was pretty obvious.
 
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Joshua Slocum

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#12
A mate of mine spends time there ( hes a dodgy ****)
he usually buys a cheap old Lada Riva, and if he has a smack just fucks off on foot
he told me sometimes when he has MEETINGS he leaves the crappy lada near to the meet point and takes a taxi to the RV
reckons that sometimes after handing over the roubles they follow you bang you on the nut and recover the goods
he likes to arrive in a limo, gets them well pissed ( hard with russki mafia) then nips of to the loo changes clothes and picks up his parked car leaving the hired limo waiting ( all paid for)
he said alcohol, bad roads, fecking idiots, flash new cars, and snow and ice are the main culprits
he also reckoned getting your collar felt by the russian police can often end in you pushing up the daisies
 
#13
Insurance claims mainly. The standard of driving is so bad its better to take a taxi or the metro in Moscow or St. Petersburg. Avoid driving anywhere if possible, negotiate the fare first, wear a seat belt, insist the doors are locked etc etc.
 
#14
Insurance claims mainly. The standard of driving is so bad its better to take a taxi or the metro in Moscow or St. Petersburg. Avoid driving anywhere if possible, negotiate the fare first, wear a seat belt, insist the doors are locked etc etc.
Just out of interest
how do you know this?
 
#15
Just out of interest
how do you know this?
Because I spend at least half the year there, I do business in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and the Stans. The standard of driving in Russia is shocking not helped by a considerable number of drivers driving while drunk and some very drunk. A fair number of police also drive drunk, they can get away with it. If you want to see what driving in Russia is like put Russian driving or Russian road rage or Russian road rage fights into Google and sit back and enjoy. Also put in Russian traffic accidents, if that doesn't put you off driving in Russia nothing will.
Taxis are the only way. The problem comes when you have to go from one town or city to another. If there is an accident the distances between towns and cities are so great the injured can die due the time it takes for an ambulance to arrive. And if you survive the ambulance you then have to survive the hospital you're taken to.
Moral of this story, stay off the roads if you possibly can.
 
#16
I went to the Ukraine with my old Transit. It was a fecking terrifying experience. Dangerous traffic and even more dangerous Police
btw - can we also add Bulgaria and Romania to the list of places to avoid driving?
 
#17
Of the old USSR only the Baltic States are reasonably safe, and the operative word is reasonably. Estonia has police who enthusiastically enforce the traffic laws, Latvia and Lithuania as becoming just as serious.
I can only echo happybonzo, Bulgaria and Romania as just as bad as anywhere in the CIS.
Russia is a great place to be in many ways, that said Russian roads are a great place not to be.
The very best of luck to any ARRSE member driving in the CIS, you'll need it!
 
#18
I went to the Ukraine with my old Transit. It was a fecking terrifying experience. Dangerous traffic and even more dangerous Police
btw - can we also add Bulgaria and Romania to the list of places to avoid driving?
How did you get on with the language problem? Fueling the transit could have been a nightmare, as could reading road direction signs. I'm assuming you don't speak Russian and can't read Cyrillic.
 
#19
I once went on a Salmon fishing trip in the frozen northern climes of Russia. Only way into camp was to be choppered in by the Russian military.

On landing at the camp we unloaded out gear and headed into the accomodation. As the weather was closing in, the crew were told to bed down for the night and fly out in the morning.

We started drinking about 6pm, the pilot was still drinking at 6am the next day. He had a bite to eat, then climbed back in the chopper with the crew and off they went!!

Totally different culture out there when it comes to booze and machinery!
 

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