From NPR: “Dashboard video cameras are common in Russia. In case you get bumped into, or bump someone else, insurance companies want to see what happened. A video record also reveals some astonishing–and sometimes frightening–driving behavior in the country.”
Unfortunately it’s pretty common. What makes it worse that you can “buy” driver license. And there is even syaing “(s0he bought a license but forget to buy how to drive”. By some cultural differences there are much more female drivers with “bought licenses” then male drivers.
I have a piece of duct tape plastered to my dashboard that holds up the GoPro for just that specific purpose. I just peel up the front of the tape, stick the camera to it, turn it on, and off I go, on the rare occasion I’m behind the wheel.
@pseudacris Russia’s population is half of USA, number of cars probably 1/3 (or even 1/4) of those in USA. Number of people dying yearly is approximately the same. A lot of my acquaintances going from Moscow to regional cities do it at speed of 100 mph or higher.
@salty — like going 70-80 mph when there is snow and/or ice on the road? I have a friend living now in Pittsburgh who was going 60 on snow road and put his car on its roof in no time. He was able to put his car back on wheels with help of other drivers and to continue since it was pretty far away from home and around and temperature was about -15F. Now he is much safer driver.