Armored vehicles can drift just like any other vehicles, as U.S. Marines demonstrate in a new video.
Troops from the U.S. Marine amphibious assault vehicle personnel from 2nd Amphibious Assault Battalion got some training from the Norwegian Telemark Battalion on how to drive tracked vehicles in winter conditions.
As one of the instructors says near the beginning of the vehicle, “what are you going to do when you are sliding off the road? What can you do to prevent any more damage to come?”
One of the marines answers his question: “turn into the skid.” And that’s how drifting starts.
There’s a good drift at the beginning of the video, a good one at 2:08, and a couple good ones at 2:47.
Drifting is a technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, which causes the rear wheels of the vehicle to lose traction. The trick is to not lose control of the whole vehicle, so that the front wheels still stay on course.
Here are some Swedish military guys demonstrating a good drift in a tank:
Stunts like these don’t always work, however. If you need proof, check out these Russian troops who take a turn too hard and flip their tank: