Not All Russian Dashcams Record Carnage

Ronnie Schreiber
by Ronnie Schreiber

Russians apparently love their dashboard mounted video cameras. Those cameras have provided us with eye popping as-they-happened views of car crashes, truck crashes, and even a plane crash or two. Sometimes the videos are of very close calls, others record vehicular mayhem, injuries and, sadly, fatalities. So it’s refreshing to see that someone has made a compilation of Russian dashcam videos that show human beings at their best, people stopping to help elderly and infirm pedestrians get through traffic safely or folks lending a hand to motorists and others in need of help.

I’m sure you could put together a compilation like this no matter where you live. Living in Michigan, there’s usually an ice storm or two to experience every winter, resulting in downed utility wires and non-functioning traffic lights. People still have to get to work and it’s always warmed my heart to see people taking turns to get through major intersections. No arguments, no honking, just people acting like human beings are capable of acting, despite a lack of a working traffic light or a cop on the scene.
There actually are good people in the world.

Ronnie Schreiber edits Cars In Depth, a realistic perspective on cars & car culture and the original 3D car site. If you found this post worthwhile, you can get a parallax view at Cars In Depth. If the 3D thing freaks you out, don’t worry, all the photo and video players in use at the site have mono options. Thanks for reading – RJS

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  • Klossfam Klossfam on May 06, 2013

    Excellent video...Nice change from the typical Russian dash cam videos... Although, I DEFINITELY do not want the TYPICAL Russian video to go away as they provide a lot of entertainment.

  • Dawnrazor Dawnrazor on May 06, 2013

    "There actually are good people in the world." Really, most of them. I'd posit that most readers here at TTAC would consider themselves "well informed" with regard to current events, politics, etc. Unfortunately in this day and age, the activities which lead to being "well informed" can also place one at high risk to become excessively jaded and cynical, so good stuff like this almost comes as a surprise. The reality is, the vast majority of people are NOT azzholes, and it's nice to be reminded of this first thing on a Monday morning. I've been fortunate enough to have several Russian friends and/or colleagues, and this behavior is exactly what I'd expect from them.

  • BombayBerke BombayBerke on May 06, 2013

    I quite enjoyed this. I'm somewhat well known downtown here in Salt Lake City for constantly stopping and helping elderly people crossing the street in the winter. It can be really tricky for someone young and able-bodied, I can only imagine how hard it can be for some of the more worn down. Come cold and snow, my copper Fiat will spend more time stopped at intersections than driving sometimes.

  • Skor Skor on May 06, 2013

    Just to show you that not all dash cam carnage takes place in Russia, here's some US dash cam carnage. WARNING: NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH