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Mirrors, People, Let’s Make Sure We Use Them Properly

Posted in Bizarre, Crashes, driving, FAIL, Motorcycle, Videos by Kurt Ernst | August 16th, 2010 | 8 Responses |

This video, found on Bangshift, is almost too incredible to believe. Insurance claims aside, no one was seriously injured in the accident, which occurred on a highway in Hong Kong. I’m pretty sure the scooter dude learned two valuable lessons: first, never rely on mirrors alone to see if the lane is clear, and second, dressing for the crash does not include flip flops, shorts and a polo shirt. The car driver was a tool for going hammer down in the right lane, entirely correct in going hammer down in the right lane, as amped points out, since Hong Kong drives on the left side of the road.

I say the video is almost too incredible to believe because the same thing almost happened to me on the Autobahn. I was driving an unrestricted speed section about an hour out of Leipzig, in the middle lane, when a motorcyclist pulled directly into my lane and hammered his binders. You’d be amazed at how fast a Skoda Octavia TDI slows down when you really nail the brakes, and I was happy to find out that the car handles well under heavy braking. Unlike the driver in this video, I missed the guy on the bike by inches, but the incident proved to me that even Germans can drive with their Kopf im Arsche from time to time.

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8 Responses

  1. amped says:

    He is not a tool for going fast in the right lane since that is the “passing lane” in Hong Kong. China is left hand drive but Hong Kong is right hand drive. The guy in the scooter is the one that is wrong in this video. The guy in the right lane had the proper right of way.

    • Kurt says:

      My bad, then. I assumed (incorrectly) that drivers would still exit from the right lane, but that wouldn’t make sense in a right hand drive country, would it?

  2. Shahroz says:

    oh man…. as a prospective motorbike rider, this video scares the hell out of me lol

    even tho the guy on the scooter was at fault…. i still think the car driver was speeding

  3. DaveMofo says:

    oh WOW that scooter rider is lucky! That last look over the shoulder will save your life, mirrors on bikes are useless anyway. Glad to hear you had the skill to save the German rider from becoming a spot on the road. Out braking a bike isn’t easy.

  4. Kurt says:

    Yeah, but for what it’s worth my underwear was a write off…

  5. Set says:

    I can hardly believe that guy walked away from that, especially with what he’s wearing.

  6. Kurt says:

    Set, that’s how about 90% of the people here in FL ride. They must think I’m a mutant for wearing mesh gear and a full face helmet.

  7. DaveMofo says:

    I’ve actually shat myself while flying through the air in a Honda Accord. God, that sucked.