Every Driver’s Nightmare

Don’t know the whys or whos of this video (and has this driver been canned yet?) But it goes without saying that Romania is among the least safest places to drive in the European Union.

[UPDATE: See comments for further developments…]

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5 Responses to “Every Driver’s Nightmare”

  1. Pavel Says:

    What is that you find so horrible about this video? Teenagers of the world perform the same antics every second in cars and small trucks that respond to input from the steering wheel by actually changing direction. The modern tractor trailer is probably the safest vehicle to pull off something similar.
    That fat troll Charlie Boorman pulls wheelies on public roads throughout both of the “long way” videos, but as far as I know he is yet to be “canned”.

    Truck drivers is the last reason for Romania being the least safe place to drive. Blame the soviet era cars that are plentiful in countries of the former Warsaw Pact. How do Poland or Hungaly score? Should be reasonably close to Romania.

  2. Chick Whitten Says:

    From La France Profond, HE IS ONE CRAZY TWAT! It is good his mobile phone did not perform during that stupid stunt. We have drivers of 18wheelers going around tight corners with mobile phones clamped to their earholes. With modern technology there should be some kind of jamming device to prevent this. Hands free? Why bother! While the engine is running, no calls possible. Is that too difficult to install?

  3. Kris Peeters Says:

    I’m sad to say so, but this dit not happen in Romania. Although it is a Romanian trucker, the video was recorded in Belgium, on the highway to the north.
    Today ‘De Standaard’, a Flemish newspaper, published an article about the scandalous clip. A spokesman of the Union of Professional Transporters and Employers in Logistics said he was shocked and asked for more enforcement. The Union is worried about this kind of road cowboys blaming all truck drivers. It is told that Easteuropean truckers meet on (Belgian) parkings, build parties and after some hours continue on their way.
    Meanwhile the Belgian secretary for traffic affairs has ordered the identification of the trucker and the withdrawal of his driver’s license.

  4. Tom Vanderbilt Says:

    Thanks for the update, Kris — I should have studied the road signs more carefully, but the resolution was terrible. And yes, one cannot or should not tar all Romanian truck drivers with this one bad brush. But this guy’s clearly going to be looking for a new job — perhaps something in viral video?

  5. Fritz Says:

    I had a similar thought to Pavel in that teens and other young drivers also behave similarly while driving, but by focusing on the truck’s stability but misses the whole point — the driver WASN’T PAYING ATTENTION TO THE ROAD as he pilots his thousands of kilograms. Teens in their smaller vehicles don’t necessarily crash because they bumped their steering wheel, they crashed because they weren’t paying attention.

    When teens do it in their small cars, they kill themselves and maybe a bystander or two. When truck drivers do it, they collapse bridges, close major freeways, and kill dozens of people.

    The truck drivers I know seem like reasonably safe drivers, but it only takes a moment of inattention by a single individual to screw things up for a lot of people.

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