by Robert Alvine
There’s a new dashcam video circulating around the internet, and it ain’t pretty. It’s on the CarScoops.com website, and it shows video from one of those now ubiquitous recorders that are meant to be used to preserve events for future use in accident or damage cases. But we’ve gotten used to seeing them recording some pretty dramatic events. From plane crashes to meteors streaking across the sky and seemingly everything in between. But there are few more frightening than this recent clip showing what looks like a normal daily drive on a two-lane highway. There’s a blue car driving in one direction, and an orange semi-trailer in the other.
All seems normal, but in the blink of an eye, the oncoming semi gets a blowout, crosses the double line and smashes head on into the blue car. The speed of each vehicle seems to be about 45mph, and with no time to react, there was likely no braking to slow either down. That means, in a head on crash the speed of impact was likely close to 90 mph.In most cars, this video would have meant an unfortunate death for the driver (and any passengers) of the car. But fortunately, that blue car isn’t most cars. It’s a Kia. And Kia is known for producing some of the safest vehicles on the road today. They have six vehicles who receive the highest safety rating possible, and of the dozens of auto brands, only Subaru has more with eight.
So the driver, a 22 year old woman, was conscious when the rescue came, and although she had to be taken to the hospital, she’s alive.
There are a few takeaways here. Be aware of your surroundings, pay attention (although neither of those two would have helped in this situation), and maybe most importantly, drive a Kia.