Scary Dash Cam Footage Reveals Why You Should Drive SLOWLY On A Mountain Road.
We all make mistakes while driving. Sometimes, it feels like we've been driving for so long that we just fall into autopilot when we get behind the wheel. This video, however, will remind you how quickly things can go wrong. Here's the first part of the driver's story, taken from his YouTube page:
As an auto enthusiast, when you have a nice relatively fast car with a
loud exhaust you tend to like tunnels. They make your exhaust sound
that much better, sort of like singing in the shower… Well, I found
myself accelerating through this nice long and dark pair of tunnels; I
had done this many times before in other tunnels. At the exit, I could
barely see because it was so bright, a person standing and holding
something while motioning. Wondering what they were doing, I stared,
and stared, reaching the top of 4th gear, all while trying to
comprehend what they were trying to tell me. Then I figured it out.
They were telling me to slow down and watch the curve ahead, but it
was too late. When I think about it now, I don’t ever remember seeing
the road ahead until I was nearly out of the tunnel. In my mind I had
assumed that it just went straight. At that point I was exiting the
tunnel straight as the road curved to the left. I had no time to slam
on my brakes beforehand.
What happened next is absolutely horrifying, and it's a wonder that he made it out alive. Warning: This footage might be disturbing to some viewers.
Luckily, the driver landed on a rock wall that kept him from going all the way down the mountain. A few feet meant that he survived -- but not without learning a lesson. Here's his conclusion to the story:
I never thought that I would be one of the guys that wrecks his car in
the canyons. I’m not even close to being a pro driver, but, at least
before the accident I took just slight pride in my situational
awareness while driving, my somewhat decent understanding of vehicle
dynamics and how various driver inputs affect a vehicle in motion, my
autocross and canyon experience, and the fact that I haven’t gotten
any tickets or into any accidents since I got my license (for what
it's worth). I messed up. I got too comfortable at the wrong moment
and it got the best of me. It shows that things like this can happen
to mostly anyone. The whole cruise up there was relaxed, leisurely,
until that moment. I definitely wasn’t purposely trying to take that
corner fast, I was caught up in the moment flying through those long
tunnels, got distracted, and didn’t see the road ahead of me. I
panicked last minute and that ultimately lead to this entire
Something to think about the next time you get behind the wheel.