1 second after this ended, BOOM from behind.
Heavy truck and bus brakes are weird like this. Deceleration happens on a pretty steep curve. It has something to do with the weight vs contact patch. They'll look like they're never going to stop, then all of a sudden they just stop. The videos of Volvo's new truck braking system are nuts.
Can we get a round of applause for the engineers that helped this transportation beast come to such a glorious stop. Same to those with the newer semi trucks coming to surreal stopping points as well. Probably have saved many many lives over the years because of so. Good job y'all good job.
Edit: I'd like to use this opportunity to say a few words. Bucks, Toaster, Aluminum, Maple syrup. No I take that one back, I'm gonna hold onto that one.... Jokes aside hats off to the drivers as well.
Bus brakes are INSANELY GOOD. I drive 40’ and 60’ (articulated, 3 axle) buses as a job at school and they’re all equipped with air brakes, as many buses are. If you floor the brake anywhere under 30mph they stop instantly. I shit you not - instantly. The brakes are ridiculously effective (and super safe, as in fail-safe). During training you have an opportunity to slam the brakes, and even though my trainer was expecting it and bracing for it he lost his grip and went tumbling down the aisle and slammed into the front of the bus. On the ground next to me he looks up and says “yeah so these things stop on a dime,” my jaw was wide open in a smile and all I could do was nod.
Yeah, anyways. Very good job by this bus driver. Glad his brakes worked for him that day.
I’m guessing the vw had to have some sort of mechanical failure for that to happen. Both rear tires and the right front were locked, and that vehicle is equipped with ABS (unless still optional where ever this happened). I can’t imagine that there are clean pants anywhere in that immediate area.