Tactical Driving 101
MIRRORS, MIRRORS, MIRRORS: Know what’s around you at all times. This is especially important when it comes to sitting behind the driver’s seat. Car jackings, robberies, reckless drivers, and traffic safety should be something you prepare for simply by increasing your awareness of surroundings.
First and foremost; have the essential supplies necessary for survival by turning your car into a bugout vehicle.
🚗 Mirrors on your car are situational awareness (SA) tools. Adjusting them properly will aid in everyday travel and bugout scenarios.
🔍 The rear view mirror should be focused on the REAR, not the sides.
🔎 The side mirrors shouldn’t be showing the side of your car, they should be aimed to the area between where your rear view mirror vision ends and your peripheral vision begins. Tilt them so that you can just see the outline of your back door handle.
Check for blind spots by doing the following: While driving along a four-lane road in the right lane, note a vehicle in the left lane (same direction) as it overtakes you. Without moving your head, glance in the rear view mirror and follow it as it approaches your car in the left lane. Just before it disappears from your view in the rear view mirror, glance to the left side mirror. There it is. Now follow that vehicle in the side mirror as it begins to pass you. Then, just before it disappears from the side mirror, you should see it with your peripheral vision outside the driver’s window. Notice that without even turning your head, you never had a blind spot. Then try it with the right side mirror. Watch as you pass a vehicle traveling in the right lane go from your peripheral vision, to your right side mirror, to your rear view mirror. Again, no blind-spot. If there is a blind spot for even a fraction of a second, your side mirror adjustment needs some fine-tuning.
Constantly keep a look at all mirrors as your drive.
⛔ Always have an out. This means, don’t find yourself in a situation where the left and right lanes are occupied. If they are, leave space in front of you. Getting boxed in means you’ll have no escape if a traffic jam occurs or a violent mob builds around you. Your car is a bugout vehicle but it is only as good as the driver behind the wheel. Fine tune your tactics and awareness.
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