Saqid Rahman, a 21-year-old student in the UK, narrowly avoided a potentially nightmarish wreck when his car started hydroplaning during a heavy rainstorm at 70 mph on the M61 highway on April 28. To make things worse, his wife, mother, and sister were in the car with him. This story could have ended in tragedy, if Rahman weren't a millennial with lots of video game experience under his belt. Dashcam footage captured the stomach-churning moment:
Rahman, a human resources student, has only been driving for three years, but has been playing racing video games for years longer. Also, his whip is sick: a BMW 5-Series E60. He knew without thinking that he had to turn in the direction of the skid. He described his thought process to the Daily Mail:
I've never crashed before and after driving for three years and playing racing games in the past, Instinctively I knew to steer into the skid … I was not speeding and I have decent tires on the car so I was able to pull it around and then I looked behind me and there was just a queue of cars waiting for me to carry on.
Isn't that always the way? People have no respect for a near-death experience, or the lightning-quick reflexes of the trained gamer who escapes it. Keep on playing, Mr. Rahman. You're a credit to your generation.