While many people think of “tactics” as pertaining primarily to armed confrontations “on foot”; many of us westerners spent far more time behind the wheel in dangerous areas than we do walking. In acknowledgment of that fact I will be including some fundamental vehicle tactics in my lessons.
Today we will be covering a basic rule of thumb.
Most of us have heard of the “2 second rule”, the reactionary gap that you are supposed to leave between moving vehicles so as to provide you time to respond to another drivers actions. It is an excellent tip, but I will be talking about leaving a “reactionary gap” between stopped cars as well.
Many carjackings and vehicle attacks occur at intersections, stoplights and roadblocks. A simple rule to remember is to always leave enough of a gap between yourself and the vehicle in front of you so that you can pull around it in an emergency. I try to place the lead vehicles rear tires in a visual plane that places them on the lower edge of my windshield as I look forward.
If you pull up too close to the vehicle in front of you it may block your attempt to escape.