Cyclist Tells Driver To Put Down Phone, Driver Argues He Can Text And Drive Safely, Crashes

December 14, 2018


This is some helmet-cam footage from Scottish cyclist David Brennan on the A739 Switchback Road between Bearsden and Glasgow when he gets into an argument with a motorist he spots texting and driving. He tells the guy to put down his phone, but the guy argues he can text and drive safely, before rear-ending the car in front of him shortly after. Obviously, while texting and driving has already been proven dangerous, I think it's high time we add arguing with cyclists and driving to that same list. I'll get to work on the PSAs.

Keep going for the video while I really wish it showed the aftermath.

Thanks to Damien, who agrees you should never drive angry.

  • madcow3417

    At the end there he just biked in front of a car.

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    i wanted to post a normal comment, but the vibe here bummed me out :(

  • lushkneebumbuild

    not from the texting though, because the distracting heckling cyclist was being an asshat

  • Douchy McDouche

    Ironically it was the pesting cyclist who agitated the driver into crashing.

  • Munihausen

    Very little sympathy for urban "cyclists."

  • Meh

    Does it get any better than karma?

  • qcp

    Whats worse, some guy checking his phone briefly or some guy on a bike following and harassing the guy until he wrecks?

  • tyr2180

    Driver made two mistakes:
    1. Never use your phone when your car is in motion.
    2. Never verbally engage with anyone outside your car. If someone comes up to your window and starts talking, ignore them completely. They are a distraction to your driving. But more importantly, people who do that are almost always ranty seethy idiotic road ragers. If they do something you can't ignore, pull over and call the police.

  • Bling Nye


    Oh, you're yelling something at me from outside my car?

  • Doog

    The guy using his phone while driving is clearly worse...

  • qcp

    1:20 in, right before the crash, bike guy is riding between cars in moving traffic to yell at the car guy.

    Yeah he's super concerned about his own safety. /s

  • Bling Nye
  • Wilf Smith

    I think this is more a cautionary tale of arguing and general harassment whilst driving in traffic. If I were the cyclist I wouldn't be sure that the car driver AND cyclist wouldn't be done for dangerous behavior.

  • Ollie Williams

    Arguing is not against the law. Driving a 3,000 pound machine easily capable of killing someone and texting is against the law.

  • Tigerh8r

    Actually - most places have a law for "Distracted Driving" which includes texting, putting on your makeup, and arguing.

  • Wooder

    Awe the video was cut short, I wanted to hear the cocky answer after the crash.
    Humbling moment...

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