Sure it's not the first time we've seen Russians employ some unique tricks to fool a traffic jam, but it is certainly the most insane.

Driving down train tracks, on sidewalks and backwards at full speed going against traffic are among the tactics employed by this pair of Russian drivers in an effort to avoid a massive traffic jam. We aren't Russian, and don't have a lot of experience sitting in traffic jams this large, but we can't imagine driving in reverse to mimic traffic on that side of the road is fooling many people.

Certainly the combination of the driver's willingness to drive at high speed against the flow of traffic and concern with being spotted by other drivers doing so is equal parts baffling and terrifying.

[via Reddit]