It is good to enjoy driving your car; the sounds
and feel; but it is better doing so on circuits closed off to other road users
and more importantly, where you would have done practice laps in order to
familiarize yourself with the track before the fun begins.
Sadly, each day, thousands of people all over the
world fail to heed this very simple advice and end up causing or getting
involved in crashes that would have never occurred in the first place.
A young man in the US learnt his lesson the hard
way when he drove too fast through and out of a tunnel he was not accustomed
to, he also failed to heed the warnings of other road users. And from what i
noticed, he was personally holding the camera while filming his escapade. So no
one can tell if he had use of both hands at the point of loosing control of the
Courtesy of Carscoops

But the good news is that he survived and his car
was not smashed to pieces, and he decided to share the video of his mistakes
with the hopes that others will learn from his foible.
In acknowledgement as shared
on Youtube,
he said; “as an auto enthusiast, when you have a nice relatively fast
car with a loud exhaust you tend to like tunnels. They make your exhaust sound
that much better, sort of like singing in the shower… Well, I found myself
accelerating through this nice long and dark pair of tunnels; I had done this
many times before in other tunnels. At the exit, I could barely see because it
was so bright, a person standing and holding something while motioning.
Wondering what they were doing, I stared, and stared, reaching the top of 4th
gear, all while trying to comprehend what they were trying to tell me. Then I
figured it out. They were telling me to slow down and watch the curve ahead,
but it was too late. When I think about it now, I don’t ever remember seeing
the road ahead until I was nearly out of the tunnel. In my mind I had assumed
that it just went straight. At that point I was exiting the tunnel straight as
the road curved to the left. I had no time to slam on my brakes beforehand.
Realizing I was going way too fast for that section, I applied the brakes
softly in an effort to keep the back end from sliding out, but, combined with a
bump and rough switch in surface texture from concrete to asphalt, I lost
traction. I began sliding to the left, the car oversteering, rotating
counter-clockwise, over the center marker. I counter-steered, turning the
steering wheel all the way to the right, but kept sliding to the left into the
turnout. It was at this moment I knew, I had fucked up.
I slammed into a
berm and expected to come to a complete stop, but the terrifying journey wasn’t
over. I went over the edge. It happened so fast all I can remember is
everything crashing and spinning. I thought I was rolling over down the side of
the mountain. I was confident I was going to land upside down and get crushed.
I was on the world’s worst roller coaster that could only end with death, or so
I thought. I came to a stop, still yelling, not fully comprehending what just
happened, or how far down the mountain I was and that I actually just crashed
my car. Luckily for me, I landed on a rock wall that was part of a drainage
pipe that went through the mountain. It was the only horizontally level piece
on an extremely steep sloped hill. Had I spun off a few feet before or after,
I’d be dead.
I never thought that
I would be one of the guys that wrecks his car in the canyons. I’m not even
close to being a pro driver, but, at least before the accident I took just
slight pride in my situational awareness while driving, my somewhat decent
understanding of vehicle dynamics and how various driver inputs affect a
vehicle in motion, my autocross and canyon experience, and the fact that I
haven’t gotten any tickets or into any accidents since I got my license (for
what it’s worth). I messed up. I got too comfortable at the wrong moment and it
got the best of me. It shows that things like this can happen to mostly anyone.
The whole cruise up there was relaxed, leisurely, until that moment. I
definitely wasn’t purposely trying to take that corner fast, I was caught up in
the moment flying through those long tunnels, got distracted, and didn’t see
the road ahead of me. I panicked last minute and that ultimately lead to this
entire situation. I’m disappointed in myself, and I know some others may be
disappointed in me as well. And I know it could have been worse in so many
ways, and I’m kicking myself for that. But ultimately I’m glad to be alive and
well and that I did not involve others in the wreck”
You really need to watch this video. Don’t worry, it is not graphic.                                               

                                                      Video credit: Youtube.

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