VIDEO: Avoiding Speed Bumps to Spin Out on the Gravel – Truck Almost Loses Control

September 20, 2013 8:00 am · 89 comments

Watch the video! How would you like to live there and have that happen multiple times a day?

This street is in Concord, and the owners who live at this house are fed up with the reckless drivers who go around the speed bumps and purposely spin out on the gravel in front of their home (they don’t have sidewalks).

Be sure to watch the entire video, and notice how the blue pickup truck almost loses control after spinning out.

It’s only a matter of time before a vehicle goes through a house, or hits a kid.

Doggie Dad September 20, 2013 at 8:08 AM

We have that same problem on our street, and these drivers create an extremely dangerous environment for pedestrians. There are a handful barriers next to a few of the bumps but they are plastic and are too few to be any sort of a deterrent. I think it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hit.

9 deuce daisy September 20, 2013 at 8:19 AM


Sinn Feiner September 20, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Those idiots should have their driver licenes taken away! The owners there should maybe put some big orange safety cones out in front there. That “might” prevent these drivers from doing that.

One word September 20, 2013 at 8:20 AM


rcc September 20, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Hmmm if this crap happened in front of my house, I would seriously buy a few of those square concrete blocks and stack them up or line them up on that right side of my driveway. That would deter them a bit I would think

oopps September 20, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Almost spins out after losing control is a contradicting statement. I’m pretty sure while spinning out your pretty much out of control otherwise it wouldnt be called spining out.

Chester E. Kitty September 20, 2013 at 8:27 AM

@RCC … I agree!! That’s a great idea. Or park a car there.

This is why I don’t think speed bumps work all that great … they just go around them or they fly over them because they don’t care if it hurts their car. We need cops to ticket more people in residential areas. Gee whiz … have the cadets give out tickets if the cops don’t have time!

me September 20, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Tack Strips……

Cindy September 20, 2013 at 8:29 AM

I agree with rcc…… that’s scary!!

Truth September 20, 2013 at 8:29 AM

RCC has the right idea, but a trench, say 18″ wide and 12″ deep would do the job even better, or if you want to obey the law park a car next to the speed bump. However, the best thing would be for the cops to arrest these a-holes for reckless driving. What they’re doing is flat out dangerous.

BDuns September 20, 2013 at 8:33 AM

it would be a shame if they accidentally spilled a box of roofing nails in the gravel…

Paul September 20, 2013 at 8:34 AM

How about we just remove these stupid speedbumps from all over town so people dont have to avoid them in the first place….?

Steve September 20, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Definitely line the side of the road with some large boulders, which will take care of the problem for sure, Hahaha.

Dorothy September 20, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Is that road in the process of being worked on? Maybe the bump could be made to further across the road so there would be no room to avoid it.

Concordanon September 20, 2013 at 8:36 AM

I notice that in the comment’s everyone acts like saints. Like you have never gone around a speed bump, like you’ve never done a California stop, like you’ve never gone over 5 miles over the speed limit. Personally I don’t go around speed bumps, but I certainly never slow down, I maintain my 25-27 speed and hit that sucker dead on. Now the 50+ comments this post will get will all be about how bad this is i’m sure. But I find it hard to believe that 50 people have never had a reason to get somewhere quickly.

Greg September 20, 2013 at 8:36 AM

I remember when we didn’t need speed bumps. Cops used to do their jobs with radar guns. Now the speed bump is supposed to do their job for them. Well as we can see here, they don.t work very well.

@paul September 20, 2013 at 8:38 AM

The only people who have to avoid them are the ones trying to drive dangerously fast. Those are really flat speed humps. You’d barely notice em at 20-25 MPH which is the safe speed for a road like that.

nonewtaxesinwc September 20, 2013 at 8:38 AM

2 words…spike strip. that is unacceptable

Me September 20, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Why can’t we have sidewalks?? The men avoiding the speed bumps are morons. And sadly, they probably wont stop until someone is hurt or dead.

JD September 20, 2013 at 8:43 AM

I like the traffic cone idea. But before you put the traffic cone out, drive some rebar into the gravel until it stands just shorter than the traffic cone. Then put the traffic cone over it. Those yahoos will do it just one more time.

Me September 20, 2013 at 8:44 AM

I understand there are stupid drivers that speed over the speed bumps and do the stupid things they do as in the video, but to look at this from another angle, if your unaware of the gravel, when approaching a speed bump, your would normally slow down, drive over it and once passed, gradually speed up.
Is the gravel causing even good drivers to loose control?

babytruck September 20, 2013 at 8:52 AM

1. Get one of those huge planter barrel thingys from Costco.
2. Dig post hole in ground near driveway
3. Drill hole in bottom of planter.
4. Insert rebar so that the top of it meets to half of barrel.
5. Pour cement into post hole.
6. Place barrel over hole, rebar protruding from under barrel into wet cement.
7. Fill barrel half with cement.
8. When cement is dry and solid, put soil on top
9. Plant decorative flowers.

Now lets see them guys try to go around it.

Horse'n Around September 20, 2013 at 8:55 AM

@ Me. A good driver wouldn’t drive off the side of the road, speed bump or not.

@Post 20 September 20, 2013 at 8:57 AM

“How about we just remove these stupid speedbumps from all over town so people dont have to avoid them in the first place….?”

How about people don’t speed through residential areas constantly, so these speed bumps don’t need to be installed in the first place?

Howard K Mullins III September 20, 2013 at 9:00 AM

What is so darn important that some people need to jeopardize their own lives as well as other peoples live for the sake of the perception of a few seconds of time saved?

I think its a big part of the “me first” society who are predominately politically correct.

Connie Dobbs September 20, 2013 at 9:02 AM

I notice that you made a point out of saying you never avoid speed bumps, Reverend.

Anon September 20, 2013 at 9:05 AM

First of all, why would you put roofing nails in the gravel? Why would you put rebar in and then cones over them? If anyone of you that made those comments would notice, it’s a two lane road. What about those going in the other direction? Do you realized the damage it could to to those driving correctly? Who ever is doing the road work there need to finish their job and cover the gravel. Another thing about the speed bumps, the bumps should go all the way across the road. They city should add a second row of speed bumps anywhere from 2 -3 feet away from the other ones. For those that like to speed over those, get ready for a very bumpy ride. Speed bumps do work to slow drivers down as long as they are not the flat style and are doubled. Just slow down a little people, don’t kill anyone trying to get where you are going. Leave a little earlier and arrive safely. No one wants to get a call about a loved one being hit by a car and killed.

Lori September 20, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Concordanon, I don’t claim to be a saint, however, even if I have gone around a speed bump I have never punched it to intentionally try and get sideways. I’m so sick of people that are inconsiderate of residential neighborhoods and just plain stupid until a tragedy occurs. Is getting sideways on a public street really that much of a thrill? These people aren’t just going around a speed bump, they are intentionally speeding up and throwing up gravel. If it was in front of your house I’m sure it would get to be a little bit irritating to you as well.

Jaye September 20, 2013 at 9:08 AM

@JD that’s a GREAT way to impale someone.

Just put traffic cones out. Despite traffic cones not being very sturdy, most people will see them and respect them. If they got trampled over after 2 days, put something larger like a garbage can.

Antler September 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Paul at #12 ~ ~ ~ High five!

@Concordanon September 20, 2013 at 9:15 AM

The bumps are designed to be taken at 25 MPH, there’s no real reason not to. It’s idiots like these guys who want to go 40 that the bumps are meant to slow down.

WalnutPrincess September 20, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Put a big ass rock! Why jeopardize people’s safety? That’s bs.

mom September 20, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Wow – by that description, that could be our house. We have the exact same situation and we have had a car spin out, jump the car and hit the mailbox. Good thing the mailbox was on a sturdy metal post and all that got damaged was the IDIOT’s car!

Is this Claycord's new meme? September 20, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Everyone rushing to their security cams to catch dumb drivers being stupid?

The best solution for the current video is to have the city put in a steep sidewalk on either side of the bump…OR don’t put human beings behind the wheel of horseless carriages. Let’s go with the latter and just ban cars.

The Mamba September 20, 2013 at 9:42 AM

A couple of thoughts, whomever installed the speed bump did an awful job planning by putting it in a spot that drivers could so easily avoid by driving around, it should be removed or a barrier should be installed to prevent drivers from leaving the road. Those cars are very distinct, a call to CPD to discuss the issue should resolve it quickly. A couple of reckless driving tickets and this behavior would stomp pretty quickly.

Mike Oxhard September 20, 2013 at 9:45 AM



kurt September 20, 2013 at 9:47 AM

or just get rid of speed bumps…. getting sideways is cool to though

Noell September 20, 2013 at 9:52 AM

This is my house that the video came from. I want to clear up a couple of details because I noticed some questions.

We built our house on this street about 7 years ago. While we were building we had the choice of paying $30k to put in our own sidewalk or pay the City of Concord $13k for a frontage improvement tax. Supposedly that $13k would be our tax for a sidewalk should the city ever decide to put them in. Obviously we went for the latter option because that $30k was not in the budget.

The gravel was installed by us. Our property line ends at the top of our driveway. Even if we asphalt the gravel area, which we are considering, if the city ever decides to put in sidewalks they will tear out all that asphalt, for eminent domain. Also, we have a neighbor down the road with asphalt and a large front on his property and these same trucks do “donuts’ there and leave lots of lovely skid marks.

I honestly don’t think the BUMP is the problem. Even if the bump wasn’t there, these people would still spin out on the gravel or donut on whatever space there is. In the video they aren’t just trying to avoid the bump. They are crossing onto the wrong side of the road, crossing double yellow lines to make it to the gravel to have fun.

One of my neighbors came over and told me they saw the people do this. She was walking her dog nearby when they did this and she stopped because she got scared they would hit her. She said it was teenage boys. The proceeded to go to the end of the street and do donuts at another house.

I think the only solution is sidewalks. That’s why I came to was to find out how to go about starting that mission. Wish me luck.

Also, we did not install security cameras just to catch bad drivers. We did it for security. Every week Claycord posts weekly burglary reports and we had our car stolen out of our driveway one night. So, we did it for security and fortunately for us, we are catching other action that might help us get some sidewalks put in.

Also, I would love to drop nails or dig trenches or do whatever to stop these people, but at the same time I can’t risk the safety of my neighbors who walk this street everyday. If someone falls, or gets hurt due to something I did to stop some kids from being kids, then I could get sued and my neighbors would be hurt. I can’t risk that.

I’ll try and do things the right way. If that doesn’t work, I guess I’ll buy a big boulder and spray paint it bright pink and see how that works. 🙂

Thanks for all the suggestions and thank you Mayor for your help.

I hope that clears up some of the questions I saw on here.

HMMMMMMm September 20, 2013 at 9:54 AM

It just goes to show the whole speed bump thing does not work. Really people you can’t make someone act like an adult. Its a learned behavior. Yes the police should write more tickets. But it seems that everyone asks for those stupid bumps and all people do is drive around them or over them at the same speed. #12 is right ON track!

Parent TK421 September 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

I do get tired of people going to the outer edge of the bumps, but I am also sick of people who insist on practically stopping to roll over the bumps when the point is that you should drive over the bump at speed or at no more than 5 mph under. To goal is to keep people from speeding, not from driving. I don’t know how many times I have had to hard brake because someone just stopped at a speed bump. Perhaps we should have a program that teaches people how the hell to drive over the bumps and extend them all the way across, with narrow cut-throughs for bikes.

rkt88edmo September 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Don’t sabotage.

If you want to install a couple of DIY bollards they will be way cheaper than giant rocks or asphalt or a sidewalk. All you need is rebar, some concrete forming tubes and the crete.

I think you would be in constant contact with Concord PD and the city council until you get some targetted enforcement. A few tickets and these kids will stop ASAP.

Sabrina September 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM

1. Finish the road work, and the gravel will be covered.

2. Put in sidewalks. They should be in all residential neighborhoods.

At least complete #1!

94598 September 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Noell- you seem decent and realistic- best wishes working things out/coordinating with the city- hope all goes well

Noell September 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM


When those speed bumps were installed, we received a letter from the city of Concord on the location of the bumps. This bump was originally supposed to be up the street about 20 feet or so by the telephone pole.

I don’t know why it was placed in front of my house. When they were doing the work I went and talked to the gentleman from the Engineering department that were on site. They did not give me any explanation except that they decided to move it down further.

I also asked why it was so small. Honestly you can go over that bump without having to slow down at all. It’s a very flat bump, hardly a bump. They had no answer.

I never asked for speed bumps nor did any of my neighbors that I know of. We just got letters one day from the City and months later we had bumps. Useless bumps at that.

People still speed, they still avoid the bumps, the bumps don’t work.

If you’re going to have bumps, put sidewalks next to them, so people actually have to slow down and they can’t go around them.

At this point, I don’t care so much about the bumps as I do having some sidewalks put in so people stop using the front of my house as a place to “drift”

Or just let it continue happening and when someone finally ends up losing control and gets wrapped around the tree in my front yard or the telephone pole then maybe something will get done.

Old Timer September 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

They should extend the speed bump all the way to the beginning of the gutter, got to love those engineers. Its called traffic calming devices, real calming!

Old Guy's Rule - Old Guys Rule September 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM

I would honestly put some spike strips in the gravel. Problem solved.

anonanonagain September 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM

So many moronic drivers on the road. Their frontal cortex hasn’t yet formed. Why can’t people get the fact that all it takes is an instant and it’s done. You could be critically injured or worse yet hit a pedestrian or child walking to school. Slow down nimrods!!!!

Mr. Pink September 20, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Appreciate noell’s comments, though I thought it was pretty clear that the drivers were intentionally spinning out in the gravel. Any chance of getting license plate #’s and reporting them?

Shuley September 20, 2013 at 10:52 AM

I saw a video where a guy put cones out in the street for a reason similar to this. There was a traffic circle in front of his house and people were driving through a bike lane and pedestrian walk in order to save a fraction of a second. So, he put out cones and the same aholes would just run over the cones. So he took a couple of cones, inverted them, covered the top hole and filled them with cement. When the cement dried, he put the cones out there and the aholes tried to drive over them. They were not happy.

@38 September 20, 2013 at 10:54 AM

You caused to problem by putting the gravel there, as much as you dont like it you made a spot for the kids to have fun and lose traction. Park your car there o r big rock/Plater box and you wont have the problem. Simple as that. YOU MADE THE PROBLEM.

Dragon September 20, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Noell, I wish you lots of luck.

Maybe if you write to Janis Mara, she can give you the name of the proper person to speak to about sidewalks?

Drive Safe September 20, 2013 at 11:08 AM

A relatively inexpensive solution could be to purchase a water-filled plastic K-rail for approximately $350.

Yes anon too September 20, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Place a couple of poles of 5″ PVC pipes painted yellow vertically in the ground, like ones blocking the entrance to bike paths. If they look right, they look like metal poles. They become a deterrent without becoming a hazard.

rcc September 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

#49…I LOVE IT!!

stella September 20, 2013 at 11:39 AM

I have to agree with #50.

Anon-E-Cat September 20, 2013 at 11:39 AM

@50 – R u serious? Troll

I totally understand the problem, we have teenagers that smoke their weed, hang out by our fence, and spin out in their cars by our house. We came home from work one day to find our house splattered with mud from punks “playing”.

We also don’t have sidewalks, but so far are lucky we don’t have the speed bumps either.

Good luck Noell, I sympathize with your problem, and I’d call Con PD at every opportunity and or City Street Department to see if you can get the bump remediated.

Simple September 20, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Park a truck there.

It’s legal.
You’re not liable for any subsequent accidents
It’s solves the problem today.

I lived on a narrow street with speeders and no speed bumps. We parked a car on each side of the street (legally) and it narrowed the passage and people slowed down. Easy fix.

You are liable if you set out cones or boobey traps. Don’t do that.

Bob September 20, 2013 at 11:43 AM

I must admit. I’m guilty of trying to avoid these miserable things too. Even slowing down can make you “bottom out”. That being said, having a cop posted near there for about a week would solve the problem. I like the bolder idea too.

Trevbo September 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Maybe the city should install that $13K sidewalk that was already paid for by Noel’s taxes 7 years ago. I know I’d get sick of having some dumb punks joy riding in front of my house, spraying gravel everywhere and being a general pain the ass. Some big boulders would probably work and at least they wouldn’t be as ugly as having some ugly traffic barrier out in front. Make sure they are big enough that those jerks can’t drag them away or something out of revenge.

Felino September 20, 2013 at 12:01 PM

The city can always install a 60k+ white picket fence or a fire hydrant there.

Charles-the-cat September 20, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Good luck Noell. I had a somewhat similar problem years ago. Nothing as bad as your problem but it did involve idjits using my front yard as an extension of the street. The solution might be to create a “curb” along the gravel/street border. Someone already suggested boulders (that’s what I ended up doing…it worked really well).

You could also go with something like sections of concrete curb…maybe even get the city to pay for it in lieu of sidewalks. It looks like that would still leave space for your cars to get in and out but it would take away the through path and width that the doughnutters need.

Horse'n Around September 20, 2013 at 12:45 PM

#50 Not a troll, but more like an A$$! It’s not their fault people drive like idiots. I bet you must be one of the vehicles in the video!

Sally September 20, 2013 at 3:19 PM

@Felino, Best. Comment of this thread. Made me laugh out loud!

T-Rex September 20, 2013 at 3:33 PM

They probably do this everyday and see it as a game now. Who can drift the farthest without crashing? Or let’s see how far I can slide this time!!

Bill September 20, 2013 at 3:45 PM

I can’t believe @38 said Noell is the problem.
@38 is beyond stupid.

Ridiculous September 20, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Simple solution:
Play that video for the city engineer and city attorney so they can see the liability they have now produced by placing speed bumps that do not go all the way across the street which invites people to avoid them in this manner. Once they are out on notice about the dangerous situation they have created, they will have to remedy this problem.

@50 September 20, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Brilliant. And whenever someones house gets broken into it’s they’re fault, when someone get’s shot, it’s they’re fault? Pull your head out of your rear. It’s not they’re fault, they are not twisting the arms of drivers making them do this.

Bill September 20, 2013 at 4:52 PM

I can’t believe Stella (comment #55) agrees with @38 (comment #50) who said Noell is the problem.
What has happened to their sensibility?
How can they reason that a law abiding homeowner is responsible for the reckless behavior of some teenage brats?

TinFoiler September 20, 2013 at 5:13 PM

CHRIST you ALL are ignorant!!! It takes 37 comments before someone mentions if it’s a one way road or not! HELLO – They are driving on the opposite side of the street. Also, be sure to list if you are a HOMEOWNER or not – Yeah, that’s what I thought. Don’t be hating on the Homeowner you MORONS. Do you need someone to wipe the drool off of your chin???
“Is the gravel causing drivers to lose control”? Priceless!?!

Stella September 20, 2013 at 5:54 PM

If you had just installed the sidewalks in the first place, this would have never happened. Albeit it wasn’t in your budget at the time-you did pay the tax to the city. So you should have been on their a**es demanding it.

Stella September 20, 2013 at 5:55 PM

previous comment to Bill

Stella September 20, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Sorry, that post is for Noell but for Bill also, since he so readily agrees with Noell.

Steve September 20, 2013 at 6:15 PM

You should’ve put the sidewalk in, regardless of cost.

Never live on a residential street without sidewalks. It’s COMMON SENSE!

Blink September 20, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Great video….nuts situation…..I vote boulders

Antler September 20, 2013 at 6:38 PM

I think someone “official” on Claycord explained a while back that the reason the speed bumps do not extend the full width of the road is because that would endanger bicyclists using the road.

Perhaps Janis Mara (our vibrant, intelligent, super-industrious Traffic Jammer) would research it for us?

Cowellian September 20, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Steve seems to reside in an alternate universe (but at least it has sidewalks).

Psycho Cat September 20, 2013 at 8:05 PM

I agree a curb between your gravel and the road. I have seen it before. Boulders are awesome, but very expensive I’m sure. I have also seen railroad ties or telephone poles used to keep traffic off people’s property where there is no sidewalk. Both of those options would do some damage to a car if they drove into it. Considering it is on the opposite side of the road they are traveling down, if they did hit it they would be a real ass hat and deserve any damage they receive.

@Stella September 20, 2013 at 9:32 PM

So because the homeowner did not put in a sidewalk, that makes it okay. Great reasoning. I hope that for the sake of the public you never serve jury duty.

@Steve September 20, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Steve I take it you don’t get out much. There are many neighborhoods that do not have sidewalks. Why is it so wrong to not have them. And are you willing to pay higher taxes so that all neighborhoods have them?

Stella September 20, 2013 at 9:54 PM

I have to say, it isn’t right-but on another note, I have served jury duty and we exonerated him although he was guilty (I actually voted to hang him by the balls; but that wasn’t an option on the list, and they wouldn’t accept my write-in).

Frank L. September 20, 2013 at 11:06 PM

I’m with Steve! If you buy a house in a neighborhood without sidewalks, you’re STUPID!

It will cause all kinds of problems, including this one. I’m sure Steve realizes there are residential neighborhoods without sidewalks. He’s saying it’s common sense not to live there.

I agree. This homeowner had a chance to have sidewalks, and they chose not to. It’s their choice. They made their bed. They’re lying in it!

Sidewalks Please! September 20, 2013 at 11:16 PM

We lived in Portland in a neighborhood with no sidewalks. The city obviously chose to save money.

And we chose to move. A sidewalk is a necessity. (Four our family anyway).

If you have a choice of putting in a sidewalk, and choose not to because you’re saving money, fine.

Don’t come whining to me!

Claycordite September 20, 2013 at 11:24 PM

I thought that where there is no sidewalk, that property is on unincorporated land, and where there are sidewalks you are within city limits. The county does not provide sidewalks,but the city does. Am I right Mr. Mayor?

Stella. September 21, 2013 at 12:43 AM

@Frank L.
Put in the sidewalks for Noell, convince Bill that he’s wrong. But kids will play in gravel because they are kids but it is not right.

@Stella September 21, 2013 at 3:28 AM

You are the reason I hate living in Concord

David September 21, 2013 at 6:15 AM

geee i thought the speed bumps were supposed to make the street safer. guess not. they wouldnt be pulling those stunts if the bumps werent there

HippieDream September 21, 2013 at 8:44 AM

A sidewalk is only effective if it stretches the neighborhood. What good is it if one house has a sidewalk and none of the others do?

Stella September 21, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Those are your own issues-deal with them; then come and see me..

Stella September 21, 2013 at 10:59 AM

We do not live in Claycord #85–so you will have a long drive.

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