As the father of a 10-year-old boy, I feel it is incumbent upon me to help him make good choices.

“Don’t eat those French Fries,” would be a good example of such a choice. “Eat broccoli.”

Of course, it can’t all be lessons and the imparting of wisdom. The average kid builds up a lot of hostility at day camp, and as his father, it’s important for me to help him find that release valve and channel his energy into wholesome pursuits. The children are the future, and I owe it to society to turn him into a conscientious pre-tween.

There’s no better way to do that than by watching Russian dashboard camera footage with him.

My understanding is that in Russia, dashboard cameras are pretty common, mostly to protect motorists from the extremely corrupt police, who will railroad motorists into situations wherein you’re better off bribing them than taking them to court, where it will be your word against theirs. The footage is pretty much the only thing protecting those motorists from extortion.

Of course, this is only my understanding and I could be completely wrong about it. It could be that Russian motorists use dashboard cameras solely to capture for future generations really alarming footage of pedestrians and motorists escaping a gruesome death by the thinnest of margins.

If that’s the case, I thank them. Because along with “Jackass: The Movie,” “The World’s Dumbest Partiers” and other venues in which stupid people maim themselves on YouTube, the boy and I have a lot of material over which to bond. If he could pry his face from the iPad and make eye contact with me, I’m sure he’d agree.

In conclusion, someday I will die. When that day comes, I hope my son will give me a tearful and heartfelt eulogy that brings down the house, then goes home and fires up one of these videos to remember his dad by. I know I speak for every other father on earth when I say this.

Should you wish to watch some of this stuff yourself, I recommend that you go to YouTube and type “Russian dashboard camera” in the search field. You will get pages and pages of results such as the one below, so do it on a weekend, or during some other multiple-hour stretch of time in which nothing is expected of you.

About Author

Daniel Bukszpan is a freelance writer with over 20 years' experience. He has written for such publications as Fortune, CNBC and The Daily Beast. He is the author of “The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal,” published in 2003 by Barnes and Noble and “The Encyclopedia of New Wave,” published in 2012 by Sterling Publishing.

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