OK, before I totally bash this drive, I’ll admit (and I’m sure we’ve all done this…) I have narrowly squeaked by a yellow light as it turned red. Sometimes it’s a split second decision and we choose to go for it because we’re late or the seat is loaded with groceries that will spill everywhere if we slam on the brakes or we can’t take one more second in the car with whoever’s riding with you… it’s understandable.
But this driver I saw yesterday can’t use any of those excuses. In a busy intersection in downtown Nashville, at rush hour mind you, he decides he can’t wait a few more seconds so he just goes for it. This is not a yellow turning red. It’s a clear case of impatience, or he’s in a rush to get a pregnant woman to a hospital! That’s giving them a huge “benefit of the doubt,” and I’d be willing to make a large bet that wasn’t the case. So what worries you more: he blatantly drives through arrogantly? Or he absentmindedly drives through, totally unaware of what’s going on around him?
I’ll say that both worry me equally. If it was arrogance, though, that would really tick me off. Here’s the clip from yesterday, another great example of why I love having a dash cam. Check out out and let me know what you think in the comments below!
-Out of the Wilderness
In a word. YES! They aren’t expensive and while they’re still not very common in the U.S., they could save the day. Just today I had a friend post a dash cam video where he was turning left at a green light and another driver ran a red light through the intersection, nearly clipping my friend’s car. If this was an accident, it would still be his word vs. the other driver, unless witnesses stuck around to make a statement to police.
Get a dash cam!
I’ve had 2 dashboard cameras over the course of a few years and wish I’d got on board a lot sooner than I did. This is not a paid endorsement (I wish it was!), but here’s a link to the one I have now, purchased through Amazon a year or so ago (and yes I get a small commission from any purchase made through that link, at no extra cost to you). They’re even cheaper and higher quality now than they were then. I can’t even list all the things I’ve recorded on my camera, but I’ll tell you this… it’s a lot!
That’s just one thing my dash cam has recorded, but one of the most notable is the time I had a gun pulled on me by a road rage driver. None of that is seen on the dash cam, but because at one point he was driving in front of me, I was able to get his license plate number and make a police report.
Seriously, get a dash cam!
You won’t regret it, and in the case where it’s your word vs. someone else’s, videos don’t lie. Having video evidence of whatever happened is indisputable. Aside from the legal reasons to get one, you’ll most likely capture a lot of wildlife, weather like lightning, and who knows what else. They’re easy to operate and a sinch to download to your computer.
If you have any questions or comments, chime in below!
-Out of the Wilderness
I’ve been getting heckled for having a dashcam in my car. I’ll admit it’s a bit odd, but only in the U.S. With GoPro’s being mounted pretty much anywhere, police officers being fitted for chest-mounted cameras, having one in your vehicle doesn’t seem very extraordinary. Plus, cars already have cameras (think: cameras that assist in backing up). Why not have one in the front to capture things going on as you drive down the road? In other countries they are used to defend against corrupt cops as well as other civilians faking accidents (backing into you and claiming you rear-ended them). I’m an enthusiastic supporter of these cameras. I’m more and more surprised that they’re not catching on faster in America, but I’m guessing they will. In fact, I’m calling it now, one day they will be included as a package deal like power windows and automatic door locks. Just put them in the front bumper, or behind a rear-view mirror. Simple. Done.
I recently caught this on camera and it was featured in news locally, and elsewhere:
(warning: this is a highway vehicle/pedestrian accident, not graphic but still may not want to watch)
I also caught a breathtaking bolt of lightning: