Nobody likes traffic. It can bring out the worst of impatience, prompting drivers to attempt maneuvers on the road’s shoulder in order to save a few precious minutes during a commute. In one such incident captured on video, a C8 Corvette driver made a decision to follow a pickup truck onto the median, but quickly found his vehicle – and driving skill – ill-suited to the task.
The video, which was posted on Instagram by user jbond007shaken_not_stirred, depicts a highway bound by traffic, with several vehicles traveling in the wrong direction in the left lane in an attempt to get out of gridlock by turning onto the shoulder. A Chevy Avalanche takes the plunge first, but it struggles to find grip in the lowest part of the grassy median. That doesn’t bode well for the next vehicle in line, a bright red, low-slung C8 Corvette. “This is the one I want to see right here,” the cameraman says as the Corvette approaches the median.
The C8 Corvette’s attempt goes south immediately. The driver appears to cut the turn too sharply and isn’t able to avoid running over the guardrail, which gets caught in the vehicle’s right rear wheel with a crunch. The driver clearly notices that something isn’t right and stops, but there is no way but forward at this point. The Corvette’s wheels spin as the driver gets on the throttle to try and ditch the downed guardrail, but ends up tearing off a piece of it, which drags behind the sports car as the driver carries on through the median.
Cheekily, the cameraman added a caption on the video. “Today, we learn a lesson in patience,” it reads. “Old school ruined the ride for nothing.” The caption also noted that traffic started moving just two minutes after the C8 Corvette attempted its creative gridlock escape.
Check out the C8 Corvette attempt to tackle the guardrail in the video below.
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