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Once in a while, many motorists experience a moment that defies their depth perception.

They're driving behind a vehicle carrying cargo that hangs off the back end -- and it takes an extra second or two for a person to discern that there's a difference in distance between the brake lights at the rear of the vehicle and whatever is hanging off the back.

Most of the time, a firm application of the brakes takes care of the quandary. But as you'll see in the video above, there's the occasional situation where the tailgating vehicle doesn't get off so easily and things go awry. The vehicle in this video, mounted with a dash cam, is driving behind a truck carrying a crane along a street and Taiwan and improbably gets hooked and taken for a ride.

Not much is known about the incident, which was first unearthed by CarScoop.com. But it appears the only damage was to the vehicle being accidentally towed, and no one was hurt.

Funny stuff to look at. But do you know what you need to know about emerging technology in vehicles today such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings, collision-avoidance systems that you may want to have to avoid issues like this? AOL Autos has a hub of articles we add to every month called Techsplanations, which explains these new technologies in the simplest terms so you know what you are buying.

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      xrxs1020
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lousy video, but the principle is sound: DO NOT TAILGATE. Every day on the way to work I invariably notice a moron tailgating another genius, who's tailgating another Einstein, who's also tailgating. Hate to belabor the obvious, but when one tailgates, there isn't sufficient time to react in case something goes wrong. Believe me, things happen suddenly, seemingly out of no where. Keeping a healthy distance between you and the car ahead is the only sane way to drive. But I guess the geniuses who tailgate habitually haven't figured that one out. I'm disdainful of them because they endanger everyone else, and I'm in THAT group.
      ROBERT BOCK
      • 2 Years Ago
      WHAT WAS I SUPPOSED TO SEE IN THE VIDEO
        vlady1000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ROBERT BOCK
        A picture of you driving the car
        Dude
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ROBERT BOCK
        Duh? The view as the car was being drug sideways when it drove under the crane and got hooked?
      xrxs1020
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lousy video, but the principle is sound: DO NOT TAILGATE. Every day on the way to work I invariably notice a moron tailgating another genius, who's tailgating another Einstein, who's also tailgating. Hate to belabor the obvious, but when one tailgates, there isn't sufficient time to react in case something goes wrong. Believe me, things happen suddenly, seemingly out of no where. Keeping a healthy distance between you and the car ahead is the only sane way to drive. But I guess the geniuses who tailgate habitually haven't figured that one out. I'm disdainful of them because they endanger everyone else, and I'm in THAT group.
      eric
      • 2 Years Ago
      interesting comments you all have... we all know how driving can be! check this out, this was set up no one but a careless operator or a guy having a bad day would be driving around with a LOOSE HOOK N CABLE , AMAZING WHAT YUM YUMS HAVE TO SAY WHEN THEY DONT KNOW THEIR OWN ELBOW FROM THEIR ******* !
      Moonshi14
      • 2 Years Ago
      hmmm, guess why thats illegal genius.
      rawkstar4179
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't see how this person was tailgating. It looks like they tried to make a left turn, but oncoming traffic was making right turns, so they were going to be stuck in the middle of the intersection, and they tried to tighten their turn to get behind the crane truck, and didn't realize how long the truck was or that something was hanging off the back end. I'm surprised the crane truck driver didn't notice anything, you'd think that a vehicle bouncing along behind you would cause some sort of hesitation / jarring motion to your vehicle.
      screen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Okay WTF
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh yes, let's let technology solve the problems for the stupid. All of the technologies listed do nothing but make drivers lazy and less responsible. The question is, if you're not smart enough to drive in the first place, how can you be smart enough to implement all this wonderful technology? If everyone did what they were supposed to, there would never be an accident!
      conrock54
      • 2 Years Ago
      The driver got what thet deserved, I hate tailgaters.
      JoanneVLavender
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just TRY leaving the recommended 1 car length per every 10 mph you drive on the freeways of CA. At 55 mph, that's 5 1/2 car lengths. Three cars will move into that space--some without signalling their intentions. CA drivers don't understand hydroplaning, slowing/stopping distances, or driving defensively. They understand aggressive driving, cutting off, passing on the RIGHT, and--if all else fails--road rage that can result in getting shot at.
        xrxs1020
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JoanneVLavender
        "Three cars will move into that space." Yes. And......so? If three cars move into that space, slow down and create the same generous distance as before. It doesn't hurt you that cars move in ahead of you.
          smokintreezz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @xrxs1020
          Ya know what, it 'will' hurt. It'll hurt you. I'm a truck driver and I haul crude oil. I've got enough sht to worry about besides your sry *ss. If you move in front of me after I have 'purposely' increased following distance between me and the vehicle in front, then you're looking for trouble. I increase following distance to ensure that I have enough time to stop that 18-wheels of rolling death. So, if you want to get yourself and your passengers killed, then go ahead and move right in front.
          Trisha Lynn Dragon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @xrxs1020
          Try that brilliant plan in Miami rush hour bucko. if they don't slam you into the wall cutting in front of you they will shoot you in the face for being in the way, and thats just the cops. Your little plan is awesome in your head, and makes sense, IF everyone else on the roadway happens to agree with you. That is not going to happen. Slow down? The guy behind you will more likely than not give you a less than friendly *bump* leave juuuuuuuuuuust enough room for one car so you have a little leeway, a semi will cut over in that spot. I would LOVE to be able to leave the proper amount of space to allow myself an out in an accident. Usually it's not a problem. When I go home, I drive the way I have to to remain alive. I don't know about Cali but I have heard similar stories about their driving. Your little fantasy scenario isn't going to save you in agressive traffic full of complete freaking mouth breathing inbred morons it's going to kill you. When you get your first bumper mauling from Miami PD because you were only going 10 over the limit and trying to leave proper distance between cars update your theory for us. Interested to see how your program works when you are the only one following it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Appparently. There were no other important event/news to talk about so I guess this is what the writer do to keep the public entertain...take a random clip video on Youtube and make me some B.S. Story hahahahahaha very clever. I guess this boring story itself earns him/her 400 bucks while we busting our Butthole working.
      pop_of_color
      • 2 Years Ago
      Screw slowing down. I do a full on brake check and the person tailgating me had better hope they have great brakes or great insurance. I cannot stand when people think riding my tail will get them somewhere. Especially when the traffic in front of me is going no where.
        JoanneVLavender
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pop_of_color
        One day, that will get you rear-ended. Even in no-fault states, that will get you some portion of blame assigned.
        xrxs1020
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pop_of_color
        I've tried various tactics. For a while, I'd slow down very gradually, and them watch them in my rear view mirror get frustrated and pass me, which is what I wanted. Other times, I've just waved my arm out my window indicating they need to back off. The trouble with your technique is getting rear-ended. Yeah, you'll be in the "right," but at what cost?
        Larry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pop_of_color
        one day you will be sued for brake checking ,,just like tailgating,brake checking is illegal in most states Brake check me and I`ll own your home thank you very much
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Larry
          Tailgate me and I'll brake check you, then finish breaking what ain't broke!
          Dana
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Larry
          You can't prove "brake Checking" whatever that may be. I've been a Trooper for 14 years and never heard of a law called "Brake checking". But it's easy to prove you were driving too close when you hit the car in front of you. You will lose that battle every time.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Larry
          Tail people with your senseless impatience and pushiness, and may they all 'SUE YOU' every time you drive too close to them.
          conrock54
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Larry
          Then don't be an asp and tailgate its really quite simple. You tailgate me and you would get a handful of marbles to the windshield, Not only do they break the windshiled they disentigrate so there is no proof. :-)
        vlady1000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pop_of_color
        Very early one Sunday morning, almost no one on the road, I had a tailgater at 80mph, so i take it up to 95mph, still there. So I stood on it for a couple seconds up to 135mph (lost him, could not accelerate as quick), then started to slow down and my radar detector goes off. He then goes flying by me at well over 100 and the cop gets him about 1/2 mile down the road. He got what he deserved
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pop_of_color
        Pretty funny! Once we came upon an accident where one car had rear ended another. The car which caused it (the one which rear ended the other) had been driven by a young guy maybe 20 years old. He was irate and yelling and cussing at the other driver saying the other driver had MADE him do it (presumably by slamming on his brakes). Once the police got there, they gave him a ticket for following too closely. Hilarious. Scary though as well that someone would even claim that another driver could MAKE them do anything....DUH!
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