Really good drivers are masters of managing vehicle weight, perfectly balancing the vehicle’s heft over the suspension to extract the maximum amount grip from the tires. Unfortunately, the driver behind the wheel of the GMC Yukon featured in following brief video is most definitely not a really good driver.
Recently making its way onto social media, this video was captured in Bakersfield, California, per the video description. It looks as though the video was shot from a dash camera of a nearby motorist. In the video, we see overcast skies and dark pavement, possibly indicating recent precipitation and likely reduced grip levels as well. Some traffic is seen ahead of the vehicle with the dash camera.
As the video opens, we see a red GMC Yukon speed into frame, passing the camera vehicle and quickly changing lanes. The SUV is traveling at a high rate of speed, and crosses multiple lanes as the driver dives to the right. It looks as though the SUV is equipped with a set of aftermarket wheels with a chrome finish.
As the SUV transitions to the rightmost lane, we see the body lean over a bit, the vehicle suspension clearly working hard to keep it planted to the pavement. The driver jumps on the brakes as the SUV crosses the middle lane, as indicated by the stop lamps. It looks as though the driver misjudged the amount of available space behind the traffic up front, and tries to slow down.
However, jumping on the brakes transitions vehicle weight forward, reducing grip in the rear. This, in combination with quickly changing direction, causes the rear end of the GMC Yukon to start to slide. We see the rear of the SUV waver for a second before sliding in the opposite direction, sending the SUV onto the shoulder and down an embankment – right towards a tree.
Luckily, the SUV misses the tree by what looks to be inches. The video cuts out as the camera vehicle passes on the left.
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