Some time ago, I linked to videos taken by cameras mounted on the dashboards of Russian cars that show crashes and the like. It seems like dash-cams are popular in Russia. I don’t know anyone in the US who has one though there are increasing demands for police cars in the US to be equipped with them so that there is a video record of what happens following a stop that can be produced as evidence, especially when allegations of police brutality and tasering are involved.
Via Pharyngula here is another compilation of Russian dash-cam videos. There is something weirdly engrossing about watching a video knowing that something bad is going to happen soon but not know exactly what.
Although it shows numerous cases of drivers doing incredibly stupid things, these videos are compiled and selected for maximum shocking effect so this is no reason to think, based on such videos alone, that Russian drivers are any crazier than drivers in other countries. But these videos would be good to show beginning drivers, to teach them what can happen if you do something bone-headed while driving a car.
But what I want to draw attention to is what happened to the car at the 4:00 minute mark. It does a sudden backflip caused by a wire that has fallen across the road. I am surprised that the wire did not snap instead. The car getting hit by lightning at the 4:17 mark is also scary.