Dash Cam of the Week: Squeeze play

Dash Cam of the Week: Squeeze play

Paranoia strikes deep / Into your life it will creep / It starts when you're always afraid / You step out of line, the man come and take you away…

To borrow from Buffalo Springfield, for what it’s worth, there’s something happening here and what it is ain't exactly clear. But we probably can agree that “nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong,” as you’ll see in this Dash Cam of the Week twofer.

In the first clip, a couple of intermodal container trucks are running together on I-5 in Washington when a little refuse hauler or landscape truck splits the pair. But the trailing container truck, rather than backing off after maybe muttering an unkind suggestion or two, let’s some aggressive driving do the talking.

And yes, the landscaper suddenly was “getting so much resistance from behind.”

Then the lead container truck gets in on the action, putting the little guy into a very cozy box indeed. The pair eventually squeeze the small truck onto the soon-to-end exit-only lane. Amazingly, the driver doesn’t take advantage of this chance to let the tractor-trailer team go. Instead, he puts the hammer down himself and has just enough pavement to get past the lead truck, then to continue on his way—quickly.

The cammer who’s been following, rather than taking his intended exit, catches up with the intermodal rigs and takes down the truck drivers’ company name, ranks and serial numbers. In the lively YouTube page discussion section, he says he would’ve reported the small truck as well, if he'd been able to catch up to it.

But wait, there's more

Similarly in this video from Idiot Drivers on YouTube, a four-wheeler’s dash cam records a wrecker as it weaves through New York area traffic congestion and tweaks the nose of a box truck—but the wrecker does not stop. Racing to a call, no doubt.

Even though the scrape is minor, the truck driver then makes a significant effort—though perhaps a less-than-safe one—to keep up with the wrecker down the busy urban freeway. Amazingly, he’s successful. The wrecker eventually gives in when he realizes the trucker won’t give up.

To add insult to injury, the cammer stops beside them to offer a copy of the video to the trucker. The wrecker guys, whose company’s motto is “collision experts,” do not take kindly to this. (And stopping in the middle lane to be a good Samaritan isn’t the best idea by the cam guy, either—to say nothing of picking on gentlemen who wield chains and crowbars for living.)

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Caution, loud soundtrack ahead.]


The lesson: In this day and age, chances are good and getting better there’s someone with a camera to catch our every move on the highway. So be professional—even when the other guy isn’t.

On the other hand, don't think too much about the idea of your fellow citizens becoming Big Brother:

Paranoia strikes deep /

Into your life it will creep /

It starts when you're always afraid /

You step out of line, the man come and take you away…

TAGS: News Safety
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