Trucker's Quick Reflexes Saved This Dumb Kid's Life
In terms of driving stress, truckers must have it the worst. Not only do they have to worry about the massive tons upon tons of goods they have to ship around, they have to do it while navigating a Rubik's cube like transmission, and driving around much smaller cars who have very little regard for the truck's size and weight. If that doesn't sound stressful enough, the event caught in this driver's dashcam must have taken away at least a decade from this trucker's life.
Proof that kids just don't know any better and have to learn their lessons in order to become fully functional adults, the distracted kids quickly ran across the street with no disregard for traffic coming the other way. Thankfully, the truck driver of the Kreiss truck had quick reflexes, and fantastic brakes, he was able to bring the massive transporter to a halt in a very short distance.
Kreiss and experts from Volvo Corporation carried an investigation to identify whether it was the Volvo FH emergency braking system or pure human reaction that prevented what could have been a horrific accident. According to the Kreiss Facebook page:
"The investigation revealed that in this particular situation, which happened on 19 June 2017 in Herad in the south of Gol municipality in Norway, it was 100% human reaction. The report shows that distance between the truck and the child, who suddenly appeared on the road, was critically short. Moreover, the small-height child was running and appeared on the road unexpectedly. Thus, in that particular situation, it was impossible for the Volvo FH emergence braking system to recognize the child as an obstacle, and stop urgently. From the above stated, it could be concluded, that it was the truck driver, who managed to evaluate situation accordingly, his prompt reaction and immediate action that prevented the accident from happening."
Hopefully this kid has seen this video hundreds, if not thousands of times, so they know how lucky they are to be alive today. Without a doubt, this trucker deserves a promotion, and Volvo has more work to do to make their trucks a bit safer.