What Are the Most Incredible Things Caught on Dashcam?
Dash cams are everywhere. Uber drivers and taxi cabs use them to document their rides for increased safety. People in some countries use them to prevent insurance fraud by desperate pedestrians. Whatever the reason, dashboard cameras are often recording when something extraordinary takes place.
From meteor strikes to caped crusader capers, dash cams have provided a permanent public record of some truly bizarre moments. Out of all the strange and amazing events caught on dash cam, these are some of the most incredible.
Coordinated Group Robbery
As this driver entered a bridge, their dash cam captured a group of about 30 people. The gathering wasn't a late-night marathon or a political protest. These people had set up a coordinated attempt to rob the driver. The driver began to realize there was something amiss when he pulled up to a tree blocking the road.
Dashboard cameras take video of thousands of car crashes. Whether the driver is intoxicated or attempting to speed past a fellow motorist, accidents happen all the time. In this case, however, the camera caught audio of the driver noticing the person in front of them was changing their shirt.
Unorthodox Lane Change
Dashcams can be a valuable tool for insurance purposes, but not all of them tell us the whole story. This driver was cruising along the highway at night, and everything appeared normal. Suddenly, a car entered the frame to change multiple lanes — no big deal, except for the fact that this car was upside down.
Sewage Truck Explosion
Everything seemed ordinary in this dash cam footage of cars pulling up a red light. There was a sewage truck a few cars ahead of the driver, but its septic tank seemed like it was secured well enough.
Head-on Truck Collision
Many people believe that a good driver can maneuver around obstacles at high speeds. That might be the case for Formula 1 drivers, but public streets are a different matter. The key to becoming a good driver is to learn patience, and the driver caught in this footage clearly didn’t have any.
Robbery at Gunpoint
Lyft and Uber drivers are just beginning to realize the benefits of purchasing a dashboard camera, but taxi drivers have understood them for years. This cab driver’s camera was rolling when his fare pulled out a handgun and demanded his money.
Flying Off a Cliff
It happens in the movies all of the time: a car is speeding along a mountainous road with no regard for safety. Usually, it's Tom Cruise or The Rock trying to catch the villain, but in this case, the guy was merely trying to show off.
Anyone who’s ever driven to Mexico knows you can't just speed across the border to avoid charges. Moreover, police cars have come equipped with dashboard cameras to use in prospective court cases for cameras.
Man Chasing a Tire
Car chases usually involve the entire vehicle, but not always. One driver was coasting along the highway in the middle of some moderate traffic. With a large group of cars stopped ahead, the driver slowed down when he noticed a lone tire rolling down the road.
Batman Gets a Ticket
In the movies, the Dark Knight is continuously pursued by Gotham City's police force. No matter how hard they try, the masked menace evades them with little to no effort. The movies fail to explain, however, what happens when Gotham City is experiencing rush hour traffic.
Nearly every motorist in Russia and China have purchased dashcams due to the high rate of insurance fraud claims. YouTube is chock-full of desperate people pretending to get hit by a car to claim some cash. These two Russians were drinking beers in the middle of the road when the driver became rightfully annoyed.
Thanks to Stephen King's It, clowns are one of the most feared creatures on Earth. Deep inside, clowns are no doubt twisted individuals. The only thing they should be doing is selling unhealthy hamburgers.
Man Riding a Cart
Most people make their regular commute to work without much fuss, but sometimes, whether with the help of drugs, boredom or psychosis, others decide to take actions that end up on internet listicles. This bold young man is of course one of them.
Although clowns are terrifying, they’re at least explainable. Deep down, everyone knows that there’s a person beneath the makeup who’s probably just messing around. What’s far more frightening is when something completely unknown
Flock of Sheep
Some accidents are less believable than others, and depending on where you live, a collision with sheep isn’t exactly likely. That’s part of why dash cams exist in the first place — they serve as proof of even improbable accidents.
Rock ‘n’ Roll
Everyone’s seen those signs warning of falling rocks, but few people have actually seen the danger in action, leading most people to ignore them. It turns out, however, that sometimes, it really is best to read the signs
Water Main Burst
Floods, fires and sinkholes are usually thought of as natural disasters, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes, they’re entirely manmade, and they can strike even in the densest of urban environments.
Snowstorm Pile Up
People who live in Southern California or tropical climates don't know how good they have it. Ok, most of them probably do. They usually enjoy sending condescending photos and messages about their warm and sunny experiences in the dead of winter.
Not only does lighting rarely strike the same place twice, but it's even more difficult to catch it on camera. Most photographers wait for hours to find a bolt of lightning using a specialized camera with a high frame rate. Sometimes, however, people get lucky.
Chasing storms is not only a popular pastime in tornado-prone areas, but it can be also a lucrative career. Scientists can spend days following a storm to record vital meteorological data. However, that doesn’t mean it’s wise or remotely safe to find yourself in a storm like this one.
As global average temperatures rise, wildfires are becoming more common each year. Following prolonged droughts, dried brush becomes susceptible to even the tiniest spark or flame. Winds only serve to fuel the fire into a massive inferno that can put forests and neighborhoods at risk.
Police officers have to deal with crazy drivers daily, and pulling people over is part of their routine. On occasion, someone attempts to evade an officer, leading them on a high-octane chase. The incident is typically over when the suspect runs out of fuel or crashes the car.
Coastal cities are sitting ducks when gale-force winds begin brewing offshore. Their only hope is to board up windows, stack up some sandbags and hunker down. Only a crazy person would drive around after the announcement of a hurricane warning.
When it comes to natural disasters, every part of Earth has something for its denizens to dread. For those living along the coast, they not only have to worry about hurricanes coming from the sky, but also shifting tectonic plates under the ocean.
Dashcams are extremely common in Russia and China. In countries that have high poverty rates, the population becomes desperate. Whether they are unable, incapable or refuse to find a job, some people hope to strike it rich by winning a personal liability lawsuit.
Flying is safer than driving, or so they say. However, don't tell that to the travelers on this flight that took off from Taipei Airport only to attempt an emergency landing. This car was in the right place at the right time as the plane approached the overpass.
Don’t get the wrong idea from these videos being back to back. An airline accident is 200 times less likely to happen than a crash on the road. In fact, the Economist estimates that the likelihood of being involved in a plane crash is one in 5.4 million.
Thanks to Elon Musk's private space company, SpaceX, humans have developed a renewed interest in exploring the cosmos. The company has been responsible for some innovative advancements in rocket technology that have improved the chances of a human-crewed space flight to Mars. However, the company doesn't always disclose its launches beforehand.
With a straightaway this long, it can be tempting to increase a car's speed and build up that adrenaline. However, the crosswalk is clear with bright white and yellow paint. The driver with the camera followed the laws that typically give pedestrians the right of way. The pedestrians felt a false sense of safety.
Motorists usually purchase dashboard cams for video accidents that happen on the road. Hardly anyone expects to capture footage of a would-be disaster that comes from outer space.