Have you thought about your response to a carjacking attempt like this person experienced? I hope it’s part of your Active Self Protection, because they happen from New Jersey to New South Wales.
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What does this awesome response teach us about surviving a carjacking attempt?
- Your car is not a private space, and you must continue to think of yourself like you’re in public. If ever you wonder if people don’t think of themselves as in public in the car, pay attention to drivers in their cars and see how often they are picking their nose or singing along at high volume. Don’t let your smartphone take all your attention when you’re in the car, either! Think of yourself as walking down the street and pay attention accordingly. This carjacking almost went badly, and paying attention would definitely help with response time.
- Your car can be used as a very effective force multiplier if you are willing to use it in a carjacking or attack. While a handgun might deliver 300-500 ft-lbs of energy, a car delivers on the order of 200,000 ft-lbs of energy at 40mph. (calculate your car’s KE here: https://get-asp.com/swon if you’re a nerd like me!) Being behind the wheel with a deadly threat in front of you also puts the engine block between you and the threat; engine blocks are effective cover. It makes sense to use your car if you are in it to defend yourself.
- Cars are constant transitional spaces. When they are moving, they’re really not, but when standing still your car is a more likely place of carjacking or kidnapping attempt. When you’re getting in or out, your awareness generally suffers because you’re distracted, providing carjackers and muggers with opportunity to ambush you. When approaching the car when it’s parked in public, it can be used as a hiding place as well. When you’re stopped at a light you have a highly valuable commodity (the car itself) and can be ambushed and carjacked. Recognize the increased risk your car brings and keep your awareness high!
- People have to fight from their car more often than we care to think about. You should consider and prepare for fighting for your life and freedom while in the seats of your car in a carjacking attempt! These kinds of skills can be practiced in a good force on force class and should prepare you to win against a determined attacker who means to harm you and yours in your vehicle.
- If you can use your car to escape, that’s normally your best bet in a carjacking attempt. If you CAN’T use your car to escape for whatever reason (you’re blocked in, it’s dead, etc.) then it becomes a mobile coffin where you can’t really move, and you can’t freely maneuver to engage threats all around you. In that case, do what you can to get away from the coffin. Use the car as cover or concealment if you can, but don’t stay in the car if it’s not going to be moving.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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