Distracted Truck Driver Overcorrecting After Turning Eyes on Road, Collision

A car traveling at 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) travels 88 feet per second. It was a football field pavement, including the end zone, passing every four seconds. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention when you’re behind the wheel because bad things can happen when you don’t.

Two videos posted to Reddit’s IdiotsInCars show a truck driver being distracted off the road. The clip shows the mess from three angles – one in front of the cab and two pointing inward at the driver.

The driver looked into his lap, trying to cut something with scissors, when the truck driver’s side tire fell to the side of the road. He gripped the steering wheel again with both hands, the scissors still gripping between his fingers, trying to steer the truck back onto the road, but it didn’t go as planned.

The driver overcorrected as both tires returned to the curb, sending the truck across the street and off the other side. The truck hit a yellow road sign that flew away like a comedy in time before narrowly missing a power pole and bouncing off the rough ground. The truck slid down the side of the road, missing the second and third power lines before crashing into the chain link fence. It stopped just meters from the white garage-like building.

The driver, who was wearing a seat belt, was flung to and fro during the collision, banging on the cabin. However, even though he was most likely knocked out, he didn’t seem too hurt, readjusting his glasses as the video clip ended. He was lucky he didn’t cut himself with the scissors, which could have caused serious injuries.

When one or two tires fall off the pavement, it is best to move a little further, keeping the other two on the road. You have to slow down and loosen the tires back on the road. Doing it too quickly can be dangerous. That’s not what these truck drivers do, quickly trying to fix problems and learning tough lessons about vehicle control in the process. The video may be from 2021, but it’s a good reminder to always pay attention to the road ahead. This could end up much worse.

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