Originally Posted by DoorDing
There's no conclusive way to determine exactly what happened based on a few seconds of video. Traction control and ABS may have played a role, or not. The role those systems may have played could've been positive, negative, or both.
Thats why proving that traction control had put you in the ditch is almost impossible. With out detailed log from vehicle and multiple camera's. But if you break down second by second video. You can kind of figure out what is going on. This video is probably the best proof that Traction control is dangerous in winter driving.
0:16 - all normal except guy moves to left and front left tire drives o nthe snow patch, that starts putting drag on left front tire trying to spin truck to the left.
0:17 - guy ends up with both left tires on snow, at the same time truck is starting to climb. So now front left is generating drag, truck is climbing and rear left tire on the snow starts losing traction. (been there done that). Once rear tire spins, traction control cuts power, and applys brake to left rear.
0:18 - power cut (for 5 seconds at least) + left tire braking send surge to right tire which loses traction, so now both rear tires have no traction. Since left tire is dragging on the snow, rear end swings to the left, guy tries to turn to right to get off the snow, Bad move!
0:19 - traction control kicks in and does what was design to do. Make truck go where wheels pointing to. So right side brakes gets applied and truck swerves into the right, slamming into the box truck
0:20 - both box truck and Nissan are swinging their tails
0:21 - Nissan driver turns wheel to the left to get away from box truck. Bad move again. traction control hammers the brakes on left side which now catches snow. Sending Nissan sideways.
0:22 - Nissan driver counters to the right but at this point Nissan is going sideways and still there is no power to the wheels No way to avoid 18 wheeler.
0:23 - boom. In the meantime box truck with no traction control recovers from slide and goes on its merry way.
Nissan driver did everything right, what he did not anticipated was traction control.
If he knew Traction control is junk, he would have kept steering wheel to the right and allow traction control to ditch him.