The UK loves dash cam footage. There used to be a time when any unusual behaviour or shockingly bad driving went unpunished. But now more and more road users are buying dash cams, and revealing to the world the kinds of crazy stuff that happens on our motorways.
Like any historical movement, the rapid growth and proliferation of UK dash cam footage is not without its individual champions. Ever since road rager and now Youtube star Ronnie Pickering angrily asked of a confused motorcyclist ‘do you know who I am?’ the appetite for videos of a distinctively British nature has never been higher.
And with Newsflare working on an exciting production seeking dash cam videos from all over the UK, it made us wonder – what are some of the most British motoring moments in our archive?
Here are some of the best…
The most English road rage confrontation ever
‘Only in Herefordshire…’ is a criminally underused title for viral videos, but this clip of an adorably belligerent old lady arguing her case in a road rage dispute is perhaps our favourite of the fledgling genre.
While most road rage videos involve physical scuffles and language that would offend even the most linguistically liberal, this woman’s argument is presented in impeccable queen’s english.
“I’ve got just as much determination as you, I can assure you,” she warns, showing the world how even the most feisty of motoring disputes can still be handled in a polite manner. Rule, Britannia!
Man plays bagpipes to help deal with traffic jam
Bagpipes are perhaps renowned for being one of the least soothing instruments in world music. So when a lorry driver purposefully blocks a motorway lane and creates an interminably long traffic jam (a Brit’s favourite pastime), it only takes being in a Scottish folk band to work out what the solution is.
Marching towards the offending vehicle like an infantryman at Bannockburn, the ‘Skerryvore’ bagpiper can be heard playing his heart out in a bid to make the driver move off. Which he eventually does. Scotland 1-0 Lorry drivers.
Irony at London bow roundabout
Take the Brits’ love of irony, add our passion for complaining about inadequate road systems, and you get this amazing dashcam video.
In this vehicle, the passenger and driver can be heard complaining about a roundabout notorious for cycling accidents. And if you have any experience watching ‘Carry on…’ films, you’d be well placed to guess what happens next.
Thankfully no one was injured in the ensuing crash, and the driver has vowed never to pre-empt traffic accidents again.
Supercharged Santa speeds down the M25
We Brits hold our traditions sacred. Whether it’s moaning about the weather, watching England fail at various international sporting tournaments, or celebrating Christmas, the performance of these annual rituals make us feel part of a richer tapestry.
One man decided to get into the Christmas spirit while journeying down the M25. Like a pound shop Santa, the guy can be seen travelling at high speed on his tinsel-bedazzled motorbike, dressed head-to-toe in a cheap festive gown.
So with the buildup to Christmas already apparently underway, let this rather crazy man be an inspiration to anyone whose festive spirit may be lagging.
Hilarious scooter rage on roundabout
If anyone thought the UK was full of stoical, well balanced individuals keeping stiff upper lips in stressful situations, then they haven’t seen this guy.
Angry at his motorbike for not working quite as well as he’d have wanted, the man proceeds to put on a pretty hysterical performance. Captured clearly on CCTV, the man tries fight his bike, but comes off a predictable second best.
He clearly forgot to Keep Calm and Carry On.
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