Survival isn’t just lighting campfires, building shelters, or purifying water. Survival is a mindset – the little things you do to keep you alive and well. Let’s face it: as Americans, we spend a significant portion of our lives behind the wheel of a car, and this exposes us to all sorts of dangers. We aren’t just talking car crashes or breakdowns here – we’re talking about carjackings, people following us, and other things along those lines. In this guide, we are going to teach you how to drive to survive!
Consider that most people in America drive every day for a regular commute. Most of these people drive on autopilot – if you were to ask them what they saw on the drive in to work, most people would draw a blank. They were listening to their favorite morning show, shaving, fixing their hair, or talking on the phone. They take the exact same route at the same time of day (sometimes staying in the exact same lane) as they have done for years. Also, they are creatures of habit and routine, perfectly predictable.
The intent of driving survival isn’t to make you paranoid or drive recklessly, it is to make you aware of your surroundings and react appropriately. You might ask yourself why you should be concerned with this. You are a law abiding American and have no enemies, that you know of. And, you pay your taxes and are not on probation. Why would anyone be following you? Why be paranoid? There are several reasons you should consider brushing up on your evasive driving skills:
- You are an avid gun collector, NRA member, or person who has potentially become a person of interest to various government agencies that track such things.
- You are a minority who is guilty by association of any number of crimes perpetrated by members of his or her race. (i.e. of Middle Eastern descent).
- You routinely travel through rough neighborhoods or impoverished areas and are unknowingly at risk for carjackings and hold ups.
- You live in a good area of town and make a good income.
- Your profession is closely associated with unhappy or litigious clients (i.e. doctor, attorney, banker)