Continuity mistake: On the truck cab's rear window, there is some sort of air conditioning unit installed. In some shots, such as the gas station scene where David Mann is on the telephone, or the railroad crossing scene, the air conditioning unit has a support structure to hold it in place. In the rest of the film however, there is not any support structure to be seen.
Visible crew/equipment: When David's car gets stuck on the bus bumper, the next shot is of the bus' black bumper and the side of the car. At the top of the black bumper there are two people seen in the reflection. The person on the left turns and takes a step to the right.
Revealing mistake: Just before the truck slides off the cliff edge, you can see that the truck's cab door is open where the stunt driver jumped out.
Continuity mistake: During the entire movie each time the camera pans on the car's speedometer, the odometer clearly show completely different numbers in the cars mileage which are thousands of miles apart.
Continuity mistake: At the end of the film, David Man comes to a dead end, so he spins the car around and waits for the truck to appear. When the truck appears from over the hill, take a look at the very next shot of the truck from the front, and you will notice that the large exhaust on the side of the truck has moved from left to right and back to left again. (01:21:00)
Continuity mistake: There are moments in the film, notably during the railroad and pushing sequence where the car's appearance - such as being dirty or clean, changes somewhat; the truck changes during that sequence as well. (The film was first broadcast on TV, then later released to theatres, and the push sequence was specifically filmed for the theatrical release. An identical '71 Plymouth Valiant was used, but a very different truck.)
Visible crew/equipment: During the scene in the gas station with snakes, as Dennis Weaver is wiping the tarantula from his leg, look at the shadow of the old woman behind him. There appears to be a moving crew member shadow next to hers. It cannot be a tank as she wasn't standing next to one either in the shot before or after. (00:55:50)
Visible crew/equipment: The shadow of the camera can be seen on the left side of the screen, after David takes his seat at Chuck's Cafe.
Visible crew/equipment: At the gas station, just before the water is sprayed on the windscreen and the attendant first appears, if you look closely at the top right hand corner of the screen you can see a reflection (albeit for a split second) of a hand giving the cue for the action to begin. Was this Steven Spielberg's hand?
Continuity mistake: When David Mann is at the service station, window cleaner is sprayed on his windshield from the driver's side (camera shot from inside the car). Within a milli-second of the spray stopping, the service attendant is seen on the passenger side of the car. We are only shown one attendant at this station.
Continuity mistake: Near the start of the film, David stops at the gas station. We see him get out of the car and he asks the attendant if he has got change for the telephone. We can see David take out his wallet and pull out a note with the other hand, then puts his wallet away. Then the camera angle changes and his wallet is back in his hand again and he puts it away again. Also you never see the attendant take the note out of Davids hand. It just disappears. (00:10:45)
Continuity mistake: When David crashes his car into the fence at Chuck's cafe, it shows that it was the passenger side that crashed into the fence. The driver side is undamaged. However when David exits his car to help the bus driver, there is significant damage to the driver's side of his car. (00:26:40 - 00:44:25)