18 Things to Keep an Eye Out For, when Watching Car Scenes in Movies and on TV

  1. You’ve noticed from previous scenes that a car has an automatic transmission, but during the chase scene, the sound effects suggest that the car has a manual.
  2. When a chase scene shows a speedometer, don’t look at what speed the car is going.  Who cares?  Look at the ODOMETER.  See how many miles are on the car they’re about to smash up.  This takes discipline.  It’s just natural to look at the speed.  Practice it with movies you have on video.
  3. Look closely at a car BEFORE it blows up.  It’s often some piece of shit painted up to look like the car you think it is.
  4. Of course those hot chicks can’t drive a semi.  Do they ever show them splitting gears?
  5. Whenever any car runs out of gas or breaks down, it “diesels”.  How can a car with fuel injection, “diesel”?  How can a car that ran out of gas, “diesel”?
  6. Cars always squeal the tires during hard take offs and hard cornering.  Even if they are not on hard pavement.
  7. Cars that you know, do not have the ability to do burnouts, do burnouts whenever someone leaves in a hurry.
  8. Cars can survive jumps and keep going.  Jumping a car almost always results in severe damage in real life.
  9. Many people have the ability to “hotwire” a car.  The wires are always conveniently located, and hanging loosely beneath the dash, and it doesn’t matter that the car has lock ignition.  Getting the engine running was all that is required, and the steering wheel and auto trans shifter work just fine.
  10. All car collisions and all cars hit by gun shots result in explosions.
  11. Gasoline in a fuel tank has the power of C-4 explosives, but gasoline used for arson, burns at the same rate as charcoal lighter fluid.
  12. The nicer a car is, the less likely it is that will suffer damage, the EXACT OPPOSITE of what we all experience in real life
  13. Even though police officers are the most likely to have high speed driving training, and their cars have lights, a siren, and a paint job to warn others, the police cars are the most likely to get in accidents.
  14. It’s easy to shoot out tires from distances of 100 feet or greater, with a handgun.
  15. Bullet holes in the top of a gas tank will cause a car to run out of gas within five miles.
  16. During scenes at gas stations, especially in older movies, check out the price of gas.
  17. A science nerd who never worked on a car in his entire life, can modify a car to go faster than a car modified by a mechanic who has worked on cars his entire life.
  18. The light gauge sheet metal of a car door is sufficient to protect you from gunfire. A deformed bullet could never pass through and cause more damage to your body than a direct hit.


  1. WRT #8, at least in this case, the Suzuki Sidekick shows that it is quite up to surviving the challenge of an unexpectedly-high jump in fine working order (after his landing, the driver/pilot backs up his vehicle with as little trouble as he would encounter in an empty parking lot). Of course, Suzuki automobiles, being designed to thrive on Third World roads (and survive Third World maintenance protocols), have pretty close to bulletproof reliability.

    That being said, their bulletproof reliability certainly doesn't translate to #18 standards of "bulletproof"; my old Suzuki Samurai had doors that were about as thick as steel beer cans, with a Masonite interior (thoughtfully hidden with a vinyl liner by Suzuki designers).

    1. Agreed, the Sidekick could probably handle jumps better than most stock vehicles.

  2. Haha! Okay so this made me smile. It's really interesting to see how movies seem to have very inconsistent ideas, especially when it comes to cars. I do have to hand it to you for being so observant in noticing them. Haha! :)

    Kenny Isbell

    1. It comes from many hours of my friend and I, eating frozen pizzas and watching TV.