Ask Adam Savage: How MythBusters' Stunt Training Later Saved Adam's Life

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Tested member Dungeonmaster V asked Adam, "You guys basically did stunt training for vehicles on MythBusters. Has that training helped you out of a jam in real life?" Adam has quite the answer for THAT question. Thank you, Dungeonmaster V! Join this channel to support Tested and get access to perks, like asking Adam a question:
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    Adam Savage’s TestedAdam Savage’s Tested16 päivää sitten
    • Wow Adam, you are so cool!

      Rebecca DychesRebecca DychesPäivä sitten
    • That traffic story was wow, I like ware you said u made it to ware it's no way braking again lol just all weld 💯% that thing XD

      HÆX A.HÆX A.11 päivää sitten
    • @Rat Shion > With all the bullshit yall have blown up. Taking that into account, I could even imagine anyone from the local PD seeing this video and think: "Okay, so he just confessed to have sirens in his car which are technically illegal. But I certainly will _never_ cite that bloke for that for obvious reasons." :-)

      Drops2centsDrops2cents14 päivää sitten
    • @Adam Savage’s Tested Hey Adam, I've never in my life heard of a steering link fail like that from general use. That's terrifying! O.O Glad you had a siren. lol Because of course you added one. :P I'm now not sure whether I'd feel safe being a passenger with you or not; on the one hand, you're a REALLY good driver (and as a Canadian, I salute your handling of black ice). On the other hand, much like what your wife said... you seem to be jinxed. XD

      The LegacyThe Legacy15 päivää sitten
    • Everything we do is to prepare us for the future... Adam use your brain for the good of the country please ..your playing with toys compared to what you could really apply your creativity to

      seansean15 päivää sitten
  • Losing control of your vehicle is always the result of a choice you made.

    negativespace000negativespace0003 tuntia sitten
  • Coming from New England ,you don't need stunt driving school you learn this @ 16 and 1/2 years old the first winter you drive...good story loved it reminded me of my youth. :}

    quinton quillquinton quill10 tuntia sitten
  • I had never driven on a freeway OR anywhere with ice or snow. I had to break hard on an icy freeway in heavy traffic once. I was going maybe 60km/h. I felt the car go, I hit the breaks, the steering locked up, and I slid for about 30 -40 metres in a straight line until the last bit where the back of the car slid to the right, moving into the lane next to me. MIRACULOUSLY I didn’t hit anything, and no one else hit me. I eventually stopped and hit my hazards. I was blocking 2 lanes and The steering wouldn’t unlock. I could move forward and backwards, but I couldn’t turn.The traffic backed up a bit and some really nice people, who I could never thank enough, helped move my car into the emergency lane and turn it slightly. They kinda lifted and pushed until it was only in the emergency lane. The slippery road made that a little easier, and it was only a tiny car too. I got it towed, and the mechanics managed to unstick the steering, and I vowed to never drive on a wet or iced freeway again. Even driving in the rain scares the shit out of me now.

    Probly a sweet potatoProbly a sweet potato14 tuntia sitten
  • Adam... I love you to death man... but do you think anyone at all would choose saving discovery tens of thousands at the cost of your life? Im glad you made it... but for a smart man ,thats the dumbest thing you've ever said. Im glad it worked out but think of you and your family in life or death situations...not money!!

    Klint KarasKlint KarasPäivä sitten
  • did u break The porsche??? the one that was filmed?? that thing was nice

    TravisTravisPäivä sitten
  • Wow, what a story! Been loving these takes on Mythbusters and your stories, Adam. Mythbusters was such a huge thing for me growing up and I was so sad to see it go... But man, what a ride it was! Hope we can see that land cruiser someday! (Dunno if Adam will ever see this!)

    J-TechJ-TechPäivä sitten
  • Oooooooo destruction Me like

    Spike 365Spike 365Päivä sitten
  • That last story gave me goosebumps. Glad you're okay and thanks for sharing everything you do.

    nochillzanochillzaPäivä sitten
  • So how much money did you make from the tires you turned to diamond in the land cruiser? Jeez I got sketched out just hearing the setups

    Mat lMat lPäivä sitten
  • Adam Savage is the OG youtube smart guy.

    Lunic PilotLunic Pilot3 päivää sitten
  • The black ice story seems more dangerous to me, and the training must have helped more. For the broken steering knuckle, you can't do anything besides slow down.

    Quake LawQuake Law3 päivää sitten
  • Mans out here living his best life

    Terry BranniganTerry Brannigan3 päivää sitten
  • It's odd that despite living in california for almost 120 years that i at least know of, he still calls the freeway numbers like he's from new york. He says "280 North...101" and not "THE 280 or THE 101" like any native southern California or bay area kid would have learned already. I, a native Bostonian, lived there for 5 years and i even started saying it, just not to make the locals ears curl :-D

    Evan ParkerEvan Parker3 päivää sitten
  • Stealing my grandpas car and going rallying on a rocky road next to a cliff was the best driving lesson one can get. You learn when and where to brake and which path to follow around the turns while hopping over tumbling rocks. We also get insane ice and have a huge incline to get home and I am the only FWD driver to make it up there almost all the time (One time there was just too much ice on the bottom of the hill after a corner and as I started ripping my trunk lining to use it for grip a guy from the village showed up with a 4x4 pickup truck and helped me up so not counting... Still missing the lining)

    Sketch1994Sketch19944 päivää sitten
  • Glad you and your son were okay

    LandOfForeverSummerLandOfForeverSummer5 päivää sitten
  • Did you get in trouble for using the siren or since it was an emergency situation did they wave it off?

    xGo4TheGoldxxGo4TheGoldx5 päivää sitten
  • Adam savage is the GOAT of dad's!!

    Oscar ZetaAcostaOscar ZetaAcosta5 päivää sitten
  • Ahhh that's scary I didn't know that a steering wheel could break like that 😱

    Sophie LSophie L5 päivää sitten
  • That’s awesome. Thank you for sharing.

    MatthewFloMatthewFlo6 päivää sitten
  • SkarmoryThePG SkarmoryThePG 1 second ago Oh man I've been looking for where you've told this story before for a while now. I think it was Still Untitled. I don't think you even brought the siren up then!

    SkarmoryThePGSkarmoryThePG6 päivää sitten
  • When I was going to get my license the first thing my dad did was to take me into an empty parking lot and practice driving on ice until I could drive sideways and turn with the gas.

    John SmithJohn Smith7 päivää sitten
  • "my wife and I..." Damn it.

    Chris JohnsonChris Johnson8 päivää sitten
  • Adam, I'm so glad you and your family are safe! Any breakfast joint that sells burgers os a Good breakfast joint😀 I, too, have greatly benefited from my on/over the limit driving training. I strongly recommend anyone who has the ability to take a course like this to do it!

    Chris MorrisChris Morris8 päivää sitten
  • Glade you are ok Adam . Your Landcruiser story was interesting from the standpoint of your vehicle failure , you didnt elaborate too much on what caused the failure of the knuckle . Let me guess it was the right side , all too common on the Cruiser . Again without knowing the details you need to stay on top of the maintenance of the front end of these vehicles ..

    Waynes butlerWaynes butler8 päivää sitten
  • In Denmark going on a wet course is a mandatory part of training for your driver's license. I have never had to use it in real life, but boy am I glad I've tried losing traction in controlled circumstances - it's absolutely terrifying, but at least I know what it feels like and what I should do to counter it.

    PassionPopsiclePassionPopsicle8 päivää sitten
  • That's some prodigious Range Rover wrangling Adam. ✌

    James BarisitzJames Barisitz8 päivää sitten
  • GTA v irl

    Unborn FetusUnborn Fetus9 päivää sitten
    • Can you imagine if it was bulletproof and you were basically invincible in there, it would be even more of an absolute beast.

      Nikoisugly JkNikoisugly Jk5 päivää sitten
    • phantom wedge

      Krishan DevarajahKrishan Devarajah6 päivää sitten
  • Very cool

    tt9 päivää sitten
  • Basically the same thing happened to myself and my pregnant wife, Drag link fell off on a hotrod power tour scariest situation ive been in thankfully everything Worked out

    Reece CarpenterReece Carpenter9 päivää sitten
  • i've just spent a lot of time driving in bad weather for the joy of it. my favorite one was the time i drove though a white out blizzard ,through Nebraska, on I80. you couldn't see lights past 30 feet, there were people pulled over, people in the ditch, crashes, jackknifed semis in the road. it was pretty neat.

    iamzidiamzid9 päivää sitten
  • And this is why I have taught myself and my sister how to slide our truck in the snow (was also for fun) but it has saved me especially on one occasion. I was driving on highway 26 near Collingwood Ontario where it is a 4 lane divided highway, when as I am in the right lane the 18 wheeler in the left lane stratus to veer into me. As I move over to not get hit I get pushed into a snow bank which instantly tries its best to fishtail me and put me in the ditch, for those wondering I couldn’t have slammed on the brakes as the highway was very busy and had 1-2” of fresh snow on it which had I done that likely would have resulted in a pileup as sadly most people aren’t experienced enough or frankly even have snow tires, thankfully I had disabled the primitive traction control our truck has and engaged 4 wheel drive, so I countersteer and slam on the gas which pulls me out of the slide prevented me from being involved in a 400/401 style pileup, if you live in southern Ontario you know what I mean.

    Jack ThayerJack Thayer9 päivää sitten
  • Can't tell if I want to ride with Adam or never-ever-ever-ever-ever ride with Adam.

    willhousewillhouse9 päivää sitten
  • As a person from New England I can vouch for the highway thing lol

    Rick GanioRick Ganio9 päivää sitten
  • Adam should do a showcase video on his Toyota, that'd be great!

    Martin NiemeyerMartin Niemeyer9 päivää sitten
  • Reason y u shouldn't call cops on kids drifting in parking lots there just learning to drive safer in the weather they live in

    Cody LeonardCody Leonard9 päivää sitten
  • DungeonmasterV is either a DND fan or he isn't

    AmeliaAmelia10 päivää sitten
  • Crazy that 2006 is a long time ago

    David TownsendDavid Townsend10 päivää sitten
  • So moral of the last story is having illegal equipment can save lives

    Subject DeltaSubject Delta10 päivää sitten
  • Route 90,93?

    isaac P.isaac P.10 päivää sitten
  • the most terrifying part of that story is getting burgers for breakfast

    Jackson GreenJackson Green10 päivää sitten
  • "I'm Adam Savage, and this is Adam Savage"

    Saint JynrSaint Jynr10 päivää sitten
  • There's nothing wrong with a long answer. Thanks for sharing.

    DuelScreenDuelScreen10 päivää sitten
  • Yeah, my wife doesn't like it when I slide on the snow. Ever.

    ra kerra ker10 päivää sitten
  • Black ice is scary as hell. I've rolled a car because of that stuff.

    Wolf LolingWolf Loling10 päivää sitten
  • Good training (and some illegal equipment).

    SolSammoSolSammo10 päivää sitten
  • He drives nearly as good as Stevie Wonder when he's holidaying with Elton John

    system Skynetsystem Skynet10 päivää sitten
  • I love when the roads getting snowy/icy. I always push the car past its limits and go into slides/drifts constantly when taking turns. Its the only time I truly have fun on the roads anymore.

    TON O'CLAYTON O'CLAY10 päivää sitten
  • "Stop looking for the black-ice" sounded like something else...

    ZarkowZarkow10 päivää sitten
  • Almost exact same thing happened over Christmas with me and my sister. 2wd PT Cruiser hit black ice going around a curve on the interstate while everyone was doing 65 around me. So i had to keep drifting it around the curve to keep from hitting the wall. Ol' Cruiser didnt want to stay straight after the curve and I had to correct it back and forth until it caught traction again around 40mph. If i didnt have fun in the snow or drift around old dirt and gravel roads it'd be a different story.

    TheDIRTBIKER10TheDIRTBIKER1011 päivää sitten
  • Anyone else get “The Californians” vibe from this story?

    Ben SachsBen Sachs11 päivää sitten
  • I was confused fir a minute there as he was telling the prop destruction story because in that instance he was the only one not in danger, he was the danger

    Brandon LinkBrandon Link11 päivää sitten
  • The siren you've used, you used it during an emergency which could have ended with lost lives, by alerting other drivers you reduced the chance of anyone getting hurt!

    Vash BaldeusVash Baldeus11 päivää sitten
    • yeah that's why he used it

      Quake LawQuake Law3 päivää sitten
  • moral of the story, doesn't matter if its legal if it prevents an accident in emergency. or Moral of the story, any training you get can help you in the future.

    KittsueraKittsuera11 päivää sitten
  • lol

    Owen DuffOwen Duff11 päivää sitten
  • So it was the wealth to have mostly illegal and unnecessary toys included on your vehicle with a little added luck that saved you and your child. Sadly the majority of us are too oppressed to enjoy those luxuries no matter how much we might also train for severe conditions.

    OlórinOlórin11 päivää sitten
  • That's awesome.

    EMdemoEMdemo11 päivää sitten
  • My first thought was “this is why everyone needs sirens” then I realized I was being stupid because this ONLY worked because sirens are so uncommon everyone knew something was wrong

    Kaze RyuKaze Ryu11 päivää sitten
  • As someone who ends up in a lot of stupid driving situations... I'm getting a PA in the Jeep GC asap. Great story!

    Altared TVAltared TV11 päivää sitten
  • I just saw you on The Expanse, very good job channeling your inner Captain Kirk.

    CptSpears007CptSpears00711 päivää sitten
  • Good that you had that training and quick reactions. There are no frequent mandatory car inspections in the US yet?

    NilsNils11 päivää sitten
  • Great stories! Both made me go "Whew!" for you at the end. I hit ice under snow once in my Jeep Wrangler and lost control on a back road (thankfully few cars were on it) and ended up across the left lane, down and up a ditch and through a barb wire fence. I found only a few scratches on the Jeep after my heart rate & breathing got back near normal. Wish I'd had your training. BTW, as long as you keep at 35 mph or above in a Wrangler, with the top down, you won't get wet in the rain.

    Andy RobsonAndy Robson11 päivää sitten
  • Adam would you ever come back to New England? I call Maine home

    Zachary HatchZachary Hatch12 päivää sitten
  • Wait is mythbusters where rockstar got the idea semi-turck with ram on the front?

    killerbee256killerbee25612 päivää sitten
  • Adam, the is 684 ...

    Robert ReillyRobert Reilly12 päivää sitten
  • On a note for the black ice, the lesson you taught me in that episode saved my life when I was driving 160km/h and hit a patch of gravel on the highway. I would have totaled my Audi TT. It saved my life and a friend's life while driving her polo in the rain, hit about 7-8 patches of deep water where we aquaplaned and the same technique worked there to keep us alive and accident free. I hope you and the Mythbusters team understand just how many lives you've saved as a result of how well you made the show, how easily it sticks in your head and how fast people remember those tidbits of the episodes that come into play irl at the moment when they're most necessary.

    Ian VisserIan Visser12 päivää sitten
  • Mythbusters really taught me alot. About robotics (Rip Grant), about stunts (Rip Jessi), about film and VFX (Thanks Adam and Jamie), about making science fun (thanks Tori). I'm an AI dev as a result of the curiosity you instilled in me as a kid. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for molding me into the person I am today.

    Ian VisserIan Visser12 päivää sitten
  • How high are you ?

    Bodhi89Bodhi8912 päivää sitten
  • I don't know how this works on the US, but here in the Netherlands if you're stranded in a dangerous spot in traffic you're supposed to call 911 (112)

    TimoTimo12 päivää sitten
  • Either I'm drunk high or just had a out of body experience but I thought you said you were adam sandler.

    Matt SprayberryMatt Sprayberry12 päivää sitten
  • Controlling the car on slippery surface (fwd and rwd) regaining control and doing breaking and avoiding in those conditions is training you need to do in order to get your license in Sweden. Most people forget it quite quickly tho since it is just one hour. Especially in the south where they don't have icy roads for months every winter. I always encourage people to find an empty snowy parking lot and do some skids just to know how their car behaves when they lose traction.

    Anders ÖhlundAnders Öhlund12 päivää sitten
  • How mad were you when they tricked you with the cattle fence shock?

    J BJ B12 päivää sitten
  • These would be good vinwiki car stories

    weaponlover32weaponlover3212 päivää sitten
  • I love and miss HMB!!! Can't wait to get back there after the plague is gone!

    Brian TerrillBrian Terrill12 päivää sitten
  • Adam "the best uber driver" Savage

    urboihazurboihaz12 päivää sitten
  • Im just learning to drive, im starting out a little late im 23, but honestly this has made me consider if payong for stunt driving training would be useful. If there was a place to learn nearby.

    CelticShadowCelticShadow12 päivää sitten
  • Still having that Energy. What a guy

    Inko GnitoInko Gnito12 päivää sitten
  • Great story. Just fyi the "grassy" strip in the middle of roadways are called Median strips not meridian. :)

    Bryan NelsonBryan Nelson12 päivää sitten
  • Storytelling in this episode is 🦾

    Marcus FurrowMarcus Furrow13 päivää sitten
  • I grew up in Northern Mn about a mile from Canada. Once he knew the ice was thick enough my dad took me and my sister out on our gravel pit lake and we practiced getting out of fish tailing. I have used that training many times.

    Eric NielsenEric Nielsen13 päivää sitten
  • Adam's truck story reminded me of the few times the hood flew up and slammed into the wind shield when I was driving about 60mph, one time being on a highway. I didn't try to keep driving like he did, but I was impressed that I was able to calmly slow down and pull off the road.

    cullenatorguycullenatorguy13 päivää sitten
  • U kneed ta grease it..(A Real man understands,and can basic maintenance His Families ,vesicles. 😎 I will be your ,,MIND GREASE. 😊 Your Family is your oil,,y'all. My VW-Beetle,,and my sleeping bag.). you closeted socialistic,,anti-reality . fork head.

    Greasy CockGreasy Cock13 päivää sitten
  • MEDIAN, Adam! Median, not meridian!

    Neil VA5WXNeil VA5WX13 päivää sitten
  • Do American cars not have a Hazard button that flashes the 6 indicator lights?

    Anthony PaullAnthony Paull13 päivää sitten
  • That's pretty amazing. I would have just put my hazards on and started honking too, seeing as I wouldn't have had a siren.

    Amethyst JeanAmethyst Jean13 päivää sitten
  • Dungeon Master V? You mean, the DMV is asking you about your cars?

    Wizard_BrainsWizard_Brains13 päivää sitten
  • Glad everything worked out with the busted steering, it's really amazing how fast specialized training can come back when needed.

    WolvieWolvie13 päivää sitten
  • that first scenario probably happened around 2008 as there was a large snowstorm that went through atleast Ohio

    Cᐰptain ᐰwsomeCᐰptain ᐰwsome13 päivää sitten
  • Adam seriously!!! Thing One and Thing Two. I have been watching you for nearly 2 decades and i know you can do better bud 😂🤣

    Adok24Adok2413 päivää sitten
  • I miss mythBusters

    Samzilla BuddySamzilla Buddy13 päivää sitten
  • Thus says The Lord God: Beloved children, I am calling you out. From the midst of your countrymen, from the midst of your peers and kindred, even from the midst of all these churches of men, I am calling you out, that you may be separate, that you may be set apart in truth, a lowly people who wait upon The Lord with joy and trembling. Yet My people will not come out, nor will they stay separate. For they do not hate the company of evildoers, and at the table of the wicked they sit at ease. Yet The Lord your God has shown you the Way. Even I have provided this lamp for your feet, lest you should stumble and fall into a pit. For thick clouds gather, darkness descends and covers the earth, yet you will not believe. Thus in My mercy, I have placed a beacon in the midst Of this desolate land, a light which shall Reach even unto the ends of the earth... Behold, I have forged a silver trumpet, And placed it in the hands of My watchman... For the flames of My people flicker, And the winds of deception do not cease. BEHOLD, WICKEDNESS INCREASES BY MEASURE! And oh how the people love to have it so! For they all have itching ears! They give heed to every wind of doctrine, and hold fast to every false expectation and arrogant assumption! They are continually led away; none have truly discerned, nor are they able!... Oh sadness, bitter sorrow, My beloved has forsaken Me! She cleaves to the breast of another, and has not known Me! Therefore do My tears flow down, My face is wet with grief! For I had called out to her, yet I heard no answer! I lifted up My voice, yet she did not come out to meet Me! Behold, in My zeal I stretched out My arms to embrace her, yet she refused Me! My people, the trumpet is blown, the call has went out, yet few have assembled before the tent of meeting. For there are many who claim to know Me, there are many who say they are My servants, a great multitude who claim they are My people, yet they are not My people! For they do not observe justice, neither do they seek to do what is right. For I have surely looked upon them, I have set My gaze upon all who call upon My name, I have searched and I have passed through. I know the thoughts of My people, and the hearts of My elect are known to Me. For I am The Lord, very close at hand. Thus I shall purge My people and set apart My elect; I shall surely sift and separate the harvest, and cause a great division in all the earth! For I am The Lord, and I DO NOT CHANGE. Therefore, thus says The Lord to all those who have ears to hear: Beloved, stand apart from this world in word and by deed. Take your every thought captive that you may be fully set apart. Reveal your love for Me by all you say and do; put your love on open display. Rest in Me on the Sabbath Day and receive My blessing; honor My Holy Days and remember, that you may also understand; hold fast to The Holy Covenant, and no longer depart from the Word of My Commandment. Yet among you, I see some who do not turn their foot away from doing their own pleasure on the Sabbath, the day which I made for you, the day I commanded you to remember and keep holy. Beloved ones, did I not sanctify the seventh day from the beginning? Did I not write The Commandment by My own finger? Is it not a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am The Lord who sanctifies you? Yet the churches of men forsake My Commandments, and do not honor My Holy Days. Thus those who forsake My Sabbaths have revealed who is first; let them walk through the valley! Says The Lord.!_(Part_1)

    Todd YahuShuaTodd YahuShua13 päivää sitten
  • What a great story Adam. It's amazing how adrenaline can slow time or speed up our thinking in those emergencies and give us those precious moments to allow training to take over.

    Michael NoneMichael None13 päivää sitten
  • I wish I was as happy as Adam Savage seems to be

    billiondollardanbilliondollardan13 päivää sitten
  • I had a really nasty moment on my honda deauville motorcycle in snow once I was driving home from work and snow had started coming down during the day just enough to start settling on the road and I was approaching a roundabout I pulled onto the roundabout as normal (just slower due to snow) and the back wheel started coming round and I remembered my instructors words "don't panic, don't brake and don't freeze" I kept the engine turning as it will help your balance and was fluid with the bike only made minor corrections only and I ended up going round the roundabout sideways and luckily I got grip before I ran out of luck and safely got off the roundabout. Its one thing losing traction with 4 wheels another thing with 2 wheels and balance thrown in the mix

    jasonpeace1991jasonpeace199113 päivää sitten
  • Just out of curiosity, is the Thing 1, Thing 2 nicknames something you actually call them, or is it just a way to keep their privacy intact when talking about them? As a father myself, I have nicknames for each of my 5 tricycle motors, but somehow, I'm not sure if either I or my ex-wife would be okay with calling them that... Unless they were huge Dr Seuss fans I guess.

    JDG IndustriesJDG Industries13 päivää sitten
  • Even after a few years since this show has ended, the Mythbusters has always been one of my favorite shows since childhood especially being something that was educational and fun to watch That said RIP Grant Imahara and Jessi Combs

    BASITH PHBASITH PH13 päivää sitten
  • 500tg comment 🤯

    Sean PowerSean Power13 päivää sitten
  • I personally don’t see how losing frontward visibility relates to losing steering control, but still a very cool story

  • I think the biggest takeaway from all this, is that yeah you can technically drive a car but it's as important if not more so to learn how to CONTROL a car, especially when things go wrong.

    Elijah GrimmElijah Grimm13 päivää sitten
  • I am incredibly thankful for this walkthrough as I tell all of my loved ones that without a doubt you should have some extensive training or real world problem training to make yourself a better driver! You just confirmed I am right about that!

    DWS OutdoorsDWS Outdoors13 päivää sitten