This course is designed for those individuals who are vulnerable and under the threat of a terrorist or organized criminal attack while in transit. The training emphasizes the proactive approach to protection. The areas that will be covered are Terrorist Operations & Surveillance Detection; consisting of past terrorist/criminal attacks, lessons learned, route analysis and surveillance detection. The Security Driver Course (SDC) is designed to improve the car control skills of licensed drivers at any experience level. The student learns about vehicle dynamics and the importance of understanding “vehicle language”. This is accomplished through realistic exercises such as straight-line emergency (Threshold) braking, braking-in-turns, serpentine, skid pad, swerve-to-avoid, and off-road recoveries. The student will also learn about the use of focusing your eyes on where you want the vehicle to go. Fundamental Vehicle Control skills will be applied to technical driving which requires the student to accurately read and negotiate a road way at elevated speeds. It will teach the driver how to use the vehicle as a means of escape or as a weapon for survival. The student will be exposed to the differences of a High-Center of Gravity vehicle, Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) or Armored Vehicle (AV) (Limited number of students) by conducting Fundamental Vehicle Control exercises, showing them the limitations and capabilities. Students will learn the use of emergency backing, “Y” and “J” turns, precision intervention technique (PIT), barricade breaching (RAM), driver down (passenger side driving) and how to recognize an attack. Students will learn what a car is capable of and most importantly, their own limits. We will emphasize the importance of being mentally prepared in order to be able to react. The training is brought together through realistic situational exercises where the student comes under different types of attacks and is challenged to react.
Terrorist Operations & Surveillance Detection
Understanding how terrorists and criminal organizations conduct operations focusing on historical case studies of attacks on individuals and their vehicles. Conduct a route analysis and determine how to protect ourselves from attacks. Emphasis is put on being proactive and making ourselves a “hard” target, how terrorists/criminals conduct surveillance in order to gather information to plan an attack and how to make surveillance detection a part of your lifestyle so you can detect when and where you are being watched and stop the terrorist planning process at the earliest stages. Students are briefed on a terrorist group operating in the area and are tasked to reconnoiter self chosen routes looking for possible attack sites and surveillance vantage points for a practical exercise conducted by role players.
Fundamental Vehicle Control
Students will learn how to understanding the driver/vehicle relationship. The areas that will be emphasized are vehicle language, weight and traction transfer, the importance of proper eye location, body position, hand management, straight braking, braking-in-turns, swerving to avoid objects, ABS (Anti-Lock Brake System) and off-road recoveries. They will also be taught the difference between over steer and under steer and how they are controlled by skid recovery.
Backing “Y” & “J” Turns
Students will learn straight line backing while maneuvering around obstacles at high rates of speed in conjunction with conducting “Y” and/or “J” turns.
Driver Down – Passenger Front Seat Driving
Students will learn the skills to acquire, maintain control and escape an attack while operating the vehicle from the passenger seat.
Technical/Street Line Driving
Students will apply Fundamental Vehicle Control skills, vehicle dynamics, weight and traction control as well as dealing with adrenaline and stress management. Positively using “line theory” to accurately read and negotiate a road way at elevated speeds while adjusting their “line” for opposing traffic.
Close Proximity Driving
Students will learn the importance of utilizing peripheral vision while driving in extremely congested areas. They will demonstrate the ability to maneuver their vehicle in between moving objects without making physical contact.
Precision Intervention Technique (PIT)
Students will learn how to protect themselves from being immobilized from an attacker alongside. Students come under attack through actual contact exercises and are challenged to use their vehicle as a weapon to protect themselves.
Barricade Breaching (RAM)
Students will learn ramming through a vehicle that has created a barricade that is blocking your path of travel.
Students will learn how to analyze a possible threat by studying historical case and attacks on individuals and their vehicles and be able to recognize the attack indicators. They will understand the importance of having the mental mindset and the situational awareness in order to make a quick decision and execute an escape maneuver.
Students will conduct multiple attack scenarios and be expected to execute an escape maneuver. These exercises will be repeated with several different examples while both as the driver and as the passenger. This will help reinforce the correct reaction response while identifying how our first human response may not always be.
Car Shoot Demonstration
Students will witness the shooting of a vehicle with some of the world’s most common military munitions. Key compartments will be targeted and penetration issues will be discussed.
Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) Familiarization
Students will be challenged with all of the Fundamental Vehicle Control exercises in High-Center of Gravity SUV. This portion of the training will help them recognize the differences of driver inputs and capabilities of this style of vehicle.
Armored Vehicle (AV) Familiarization (Limit of 6 students per class)
A limited number of students (6 per class) can become familiar with a Fully Armored Vehicle (FAV). Students will be challenged with all of the Fundamental Vehicle Control exercises in High-Center of Gravity FAV. This portion of the training will help them recognize the differences of driver inputs and capabilities of this style of vehicle.
Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Vehicle Search
Students will be familiarized with the different types of explosive devices which may be placed on a vehicle. They are shown a technique to thoroughly search a hastily employed explosive device. They will be given the task of conducting an IED search based on these techniques.
Students will be tested on their ability to correctly respond to close to real world vehicle attack scenarios by the use of paintball, blank ammunition and roadside IED. The students will be given the opportunity to not only drive, but to observe others.