• Jan 18, 2007

Ice is one of those things that people can never seem to figure out. For some reason they just keep on driving, no matter what the conditions might be. These Portlanders, apparently, are no different than the rest of us. They learn the hard way that when everything is frozen, the laws of physics rule and a low coefficient of friction leads to wrecked cars. Lots of 'em.

The first vehicle in this video offers us the best example of a driver making an accident much, much worse than it otherwise would be. If you listen closely, you can hear that the accelerator remains depressed in a desperate attempt to regain control. This single vehicle manages to impact with its surroundings eight times in a scant 40 seconds. You'll have to watch the video for the rest of the fun... at least everyone heeds the warnings from the rooftop videographers and no one gets hurt.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      The BMW at the very end was either a 3 series with AWD or RWD.
      Somebody should have asked at the scene.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #9 - here's something you might not realize. washington driver's haven't always been poor... it was when half of california relocated to Washington that things went south! Just observe drivers when it's raining. You can always tell who the californians are when their wipers are on the extra fast setting for a light mist! To these drivers' defense, however, the west side of the cascades sees snow that sticks so rarely and so many people are from warmer climates that things like this are bound to happen. Out here in Ellensburg, Wa, we have a sheet of ice on the ground for 6 months out of the year and no one has these problems.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As mentioned, the Subaru crashes.

      Only the Beemer makes it through, although it just went through the intersection. Still, for a car most consider terrible in snow...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Somebody just *has* to edit this video and add pinball machine sounds to it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #7. The wagon that makes it down at the end is a Subaru outback. The worlds best car for snow and ice.
      However, as usual, people that drive Subarus think they are invincible. They push their cars a bit harder and still get into a wreck.
      What a shame

      Take the better car with summer tires and put it on ice, the car will be uncontrolable. Try to run or doing a slalom on ice with running shoes...


      12. I'm just really glad its not a Canadian driving right there (but maybe it is) cause if Canadians are so bad driving when the conditions are normal i cant even imagine what it is like in these kind of conditions.

      But we put winter tires for winter. :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why does anybody get a driving licence in the US?
      Shouldn't at leat someone teach them that breaking only makes it worse?

      What about teaching them to leave the car at home, on days as that one?

      Sometimes I just can't understand what's going on there...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm sure all the people ragging on these drivers are folks who live in some God-forsaken arctic hell where all it does is freeze solid 8 months out of the year and their blood is 50% anti-freeze. Guess what assklowns? We all can't ride reindeer to work.

      This is in Portland where snow is rare but rain is not. These conditions are alien to the vast majority of residents. And the hill is very steep, something that does not show well in the video.

      ZOMG! How can these conditions be alien to most of the drivers? Get out a map, look at the size the country. It's big. The climate is very diverse. Unlike the nations I'm willing to bet most of these condescending knobgoblers come from you cannot drive across it in a day.

      I love all the "drivers from all suck BS that people spew." Asshats. Every. Last. One. Of. You. I’ve driven on almost every continent. All drivers suck, from every nation. Just becuase your socialist paradise bones you with great vigor for a license does not make you a skilled driver.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The hilarious mix between ice and summer tires :-D
      • 8 Years Ago
      The biggest idiot is the guy in the SUV who's gunning the accelerator and driving around like a pinball!

      As funny as it is making fun of American drivers, the simple fact is that even in winter cities, like Montreal, this kind of shit happends. Some people think that they can get around with all-season tires.
      • 8 Years Ago
      two things
      I agree with #4
      And who yells the "help"?
      Is it the guy that pressed the accelerator then goes backwards and hits the car?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ha, that is hillarious. I've seen people in Seattle get out and abandon their cars on the freeway when it snows 1/4 inch and walk home. Looks like people in Portland are no different.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Reminds me of curling in the Olympics - they should have had some guys with brooms controlling where the cars wound up!
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