Dashboard cameras are an increasingly popular purchase for American drivers. The motivation for buying a dash cam may vary, but the fact is that the increasing affordability of dash cameras (with quality models starting at less than 100$), along with their oversight of young drivers and contested automobile accidents, make them an increasingly appealing buy.
The use of dash cams may be growing here in the U.S., but their use is quite established in many places abroad. In countries rife with auto-insurance scams, corrupt traffic cops, and astonishingly reckless driving, the video evidence provided by a dashboard camera is often the only proof backing a driver’s claims.
In Russia in particular, the widespread use of dash cams along with a total disregard for driving laws, or even basic common sense, have provided the world with some unbelievable driving footage you have to see to believe:
1. Half-Naked and Running For It
I think the moral of this little video is don’t mess with an angry Russian driver, especially if all you are wearing is your underwear.
2. For Goodness Sake, Wear A Seat-belt
This man must be some sort of superhero disguised as a truck driver, or maybe his years of Olympic grade gymnastics training have finally been put to the test. Regardless, you would think that someone who drives trucks for a living (especially in Russia) would fasten their seat-belt.
3. Melee on the Freeway?
Talk about skipping right past honked horns and middle fingers to blunt force weapons.
4. Well That Was Unexpected
After this video, I can safely say that nothing I see on a Russian dashboard camera will ever surprise and amaze me as much as this.
5. That Was Even Less Expected
I know what I said two lines ago, but this is absolutely amazing:
For a bit more context, this video shows a meteor blast that took place over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk on February 15th, 2013. The blast glowed 30 times brighter than the sun and delivered the biggest astronomical impact felt on earth in more than a century.
These videos are an excellent, albeit surprisingly small, sample of the crazy, scary, and otherwise shock-inducing footage captured by Russian dashboard video cameras.
On that note, buckle up your seat-belts, don’t speed, but most importantly, if you can at all help it, avoid driving in Russia.