Video: Spinning Sentra in Splendid Save


Sometimes you’re good, and sometimes you’re extremely lucky. Enough luck and it can look like you’re just really good. Who knows which is the case for the driver of this Nissan Sentra, but what we do know is that she might want to replace her tires. And the driver’s seat.

It’s raining in Southern California. That means that roads are slippery. When you don’t get a lot of rain, then a layer of slippery oil and fluid can build up on the asphalt. Once that gets wet, it can be almost as slippery as ice. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone from the area, after all, it happens every time it rains. Drive to the conditions and everything should be fine.

Drive too fast, like the Nissan Sentra that comes flying down an on-ramp in this dashcam video, and things can get a little more interesting. The Sentra is clearly going faster than the other cars on the ramp, and that speed means that the car either loses traction or hydroplanes. It doesn’t matter which one it is because once the car starts to go, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

The car does a 180-degree spin, and it looks like the driver has managed to catch the slide, going straight backwards for a second. The car then spins back around and starts heading in the right direction. Briefly. While it’s hard to tell if it’s luck or skill, the fact that the car then veers directly into traffic (and the uploader says the car spun two more times) means that it was probably luck.

Fortunately, the uploader said that there were no injuries, and the only damage was some surprise and embarrassment. And maybe some Nissan upholstery.

Note: Video contains some mild language.

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Evan Williams

Evan Williams

Evan is based in Halifax, and has been a car nut for as long as anyone can remember. He autocrosses, does lapping days and TSD rallies, breaks cars and then fixes them again.
  • Gerold

    It’s not icy so it might be bald tires.
    I rented a Sentra once. Deathtrap! Returned it within an hour.

  • Mick

    I had high performance tires on my RSX and they did well int he rain because the grooves evacuated water fast.

  • Saint Joseph

    Since my first car in 1970,
    I’ve always drive according to road condition.
    I have been driving on Michelin all season tires.
    Not recommending all season tires year round.
    I simply urban driving
    carefully according to road condition.

  • Paul Woods

    He came down the ramp too fast and locked them up rather than hit the car in front of him. Perhaps driving to road/weather conditions are needed.

  • AppleSowse

    Doesn’t need to be icy to slide around, it’s called hydroplaning.

  • Gerold

    No one else was hydro-planing and if he was, he wouldn’t have kept spinning despite slowing down.

  • harleyboy66

    Stunt driver or stunned driver ?

  • Bill Ibmpersontechguy Huang

    If you reach enough speed you can hydroplane. The other cars are way too slow to hydroplane. Should not drive that fast in first place to avoid hydroplaning.

  • bassplayer12

    And what is the driver of the car with the camera doing cruising in the left lane?!?!

  • AppleSowse

    Yes of course everyone must be hydroplaning for 1 person to, totally makes sense. Do you even know what hydroplaning is?

  • Alan B. Graham

    Exactly what I thought!