This video shows the difference between 4WD and FWD on ice
Last week, a pile-up occurred on an icy road in Russia. More than a dozen vehicles were involved. The images, filmed by a dashcam, show a semi-trailer truck stopped in the middle of the road. We then notice cars arriving at full speed in a long bend.
The first vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser, slides in a controlled manner and manages to counter-steer and avoid collision with the car filming the scene. Unfortunately, the car following it, a Toyota Corolla, failed to turn and finally hit the stationary car hard.
A third car, a Lexus, also ended up right in the camera at full speed. The Japanese sedan also narrowly avoided the Corolla passenger who had got out of his vehicle for an undetermined reason. The car equipped with the dashcam then spins, which makes it possible to see two other vehicles also off the road.
The excessive speed is obviously a factor. If the vehicles were travelling at a slower pace, they could easily have avoided the collision. At the beginning of the video, we also see the important difference between a four-wheel drive vehicle and a two-wheel drive vehicle, as the Land Cruiser has easily kept control.