Television commercials for car ads – are they condoning unsafe driving habits?
As a professional truck driver with many years of driving experience I know this is just a marketing sham – to get people to buy their high powered car.
Even though they run the little fine print that says Caution this is a closed course and a professional driver always respect safe driving and the laws – or something to that effect.
“Shooting the Gap” as portrayed in this TV ad is a very dangerous ‘stunt’ to do. Cutting off another vehicle in order to drive between two tractor and trailers is plain out stupid.
Truck drivers have limited visibility even though they sit up high. Passing a truck on the right-hand-side is a very dangerous move and should not be done – ever.
This video has been removed on youtube but I have it hosted on my server.
I want to also add that I have it running on this site in hopes that maybe others won’t make the same mistake that VW did. Also I believe that VW has removed the video from TV as well – I saw it two times this morning – but have not seen it since, but did see a NEW video that I had not seen previously.
People in general look at an ad like this one as “fun to do” but never really pay attention to how deadly it could be and often is. In the commercial the driver cuts off a large garbage truck then switches lanes in order to “shoot the gap” meaning accelerating really fast and driving between two semis.
Shooting the gap:
Results in this all to often:
Different view of results from shooting the gap:
Then death comes:
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