Driving a vehicle is a very dynamic and fluid thing to do. We can do out best to keep our heads on swivel, but, driving is unpredictable thing. More often than not, we are at the mercy of everyone else. So, think about these ideas and apply, alter as needed to stack the deck in your favor if something goes wrong. Among our travels we can be exposed to something lame and common as a traffic jam, or as horrific as a car-jacking. The tips and tricks will help give you options if something goes wrong. I teach various tactical stuff and I emphasize Options is a very valuable word. When you are in SHTF moment and your are out of options, you will learn how priceless it can be.
My ideas come from variuos places. I work patrol sometimes for an LEO agency and also have done a few private security details, escort thing (Trust me, sounds cooler than it was) along with other vehicle based operations. Perks of a gear head and a trigger puller. All though I know there are more, I am not an expert and I'm only 1 cup of coffee in this AM.
The biggest issue to a car is is lack of space. "Getting boxed in" i,e, Trapped
- Space is critical in any situation. When you get to an intersection or traffic. Always keep at least a half car length (not including the "normal" space you would have) of space in front of you. Enough room to move forward 10-15+feet. Or be able to turn out of your spot. Don't creep up. They guy behind you will creep up. Next thing you know, your boxed in.
Ideally, when stopped in traffic intersection, You, as the driver should be lined up with the trunks of the cars next to you
This keeps the people in the next lanes over, from being able to eyeball you. People behind you can't see in your passenger space. It makes it easy for you to sit back and observe. If they get out, you will see them coming, you will have time to react. You will have enough room to stop someone from getting you door handle or windows by driving back and forth. Also, you will have enough room to steer left or right to try and run over their feet with the front wheels
If you get hit from the rear, this space will act as a cushion and cut down on the chances or impact of you hitting the car in front of you. If it turns into traffic jam, you should have enough room to turn out of your lane. This can also add the escape side if things. Cutting down on the impact on the vehicle in front of you will lower the chances of your doors being buckled and impinged.
If it is a 3+ lane road with an intersection, try to stick to the outside lanes (you can turn out if need be) if it gets really bad, car jacking to stuck in traffic, you can turn out over the sidewalk or into the median.
Temporary Vehicle Staging. (That's tactical speak for parking)
This gets brought up a lot but it s so true. I tend to park my truck out by itself. Park it out of the high density traffic areas. Most of the time, just means parking 10-20 spaces farther out. This has its perks for many reasons.
- Less chance for someone to hide around other cars
- Less likely someone will break in. Out by itself, bad guys will feel exposed. Risker to loitter around. Easier for me to eye ball it from my location as less obstruction around it. Even my son now knows, I tend to park where I can keep an eye on it from inside the restaurant or store if its avaible.
- Buys me time to asses my situation as I am walking out if I see something that doesn't look or feel right around my truck. I don't want to talk up on anyone if I can help it. More often than not, my son or my girlfriend is with me
- If I do find myself in a confrontation, I have space to move. Before I draw, I need to create space. Both in self preservation and helps if I need to make a that critical decision and articulate why I had to display (draw down) or use lethal force.
"*Detective, I dont know what his problem was. I kept backing up and he kept following me. I was yelling at him to leave me alone and stop following me. But, even after I pulled my weapon, I tried to back up but he kept approaching me." A lot of parking lots have cameras. Remember that.
- If I need to spend any length of time in my vehicle, emailing or text on phone, I like having space around me, gives me more chance to spot someone.
- If it is dark, and you are on your phone texting or surfing. You will lose your night vision... and you will be lit up inside. Everyone will be able to see your face, and that you are exactly where they want you, pre-occupied. If it is a shitty 'hood or you need to be at it for awhile... I tend to find the back of a store and back up against the wall if I cant find a wide open parking lot somewhere. The back of building or wall eliminates 180 degrees of approach. And keep your head lights on. Head lights will blind anyone toward your front. Same concept on how we use our hi-output lumens flashlight (This goes especially to my fellow LEOs who we as a whole, like to sit in the dark with our heads buried in a laptop and just our marker lights on)
These 3 concepts I follow. They are nothing fancy but they, if you get into good practice, will keep you out of trouble, help you see trouble coming, and if it does find you, give you options to deal with it.
Edited by DirtyTrigger, 02 September 2014 - 02:42 PM.