Rarely, if ever, will the average, everyday person need to use advanced tactical driving skills on the streets of the United States; However, we feel that all drivers should consider arming themselves with a few basic skills that may help minimize risk to their vehicle and its occupants.
Here are 5 Tactical Driving Tips for the Everyday Person:
- Maintain Some Degree of Situational Awareness. No matter what is going on inside the vehicle, the driver needs to stay focused on the task at hand and keep a 360 degree awareness of what’s going on around the vehicle and where it’s headed.
- Keep Moving. Driving through a rough neighborhood that has you questioning your safety and the safety of your passengers? Roll the windows up, lock the doors and don’t stop; it’s that simple. Even if you’re driving five to ten miles an hour, you can become a much harder target for a potential assailant than if you’re sitting still.
- But what if that means breaking the law? If you feel threatened enough to roll through a stop sign or break a minor traffic law, a Police Officer showing up is one of the best possible scenarios.
- Leave Enough Room. Always allow enough room in front of your vehicle to move expediently forward (a half a car length or more). When possible, stay in a lane in which you may have better visibility or an exit route. Additionally, backing into parking spaces is necessary. Basically, you need to ask yourself “Can I get moving and up to speed quickly right now if I need to?” If the answer is no, fix it.
- If Going Forward Isn’t an Option, Put It In Reverse. In any situation where you can’t drive forward or around, backing out is the fastest way to put distance between yourself and a potential threat. Always be prepared to reverse at speed and practice a few simple backing exercises with different vehicles.
- Fun fact: Backing up at 30 mph for 5 seconds will put you over two hundred feet from where you stopped and most likely well out of range of whatever you’re trying to avoid.
- Don’t Give in to Road Rage. Last but not least, you are at a tactical advantage if YOU are the one who is level-headed.
Driving is an often neglected area of training given how much time many of us spend in our vehicles. Looking for realistic situational exercises where you will be challenged to react? Check out our Evasive Driving Course.