Push­ing Through a Vehicular Block­ade

Pro­tec­tive Driv­ing Skill #3:

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CON­CEPT: Us­ing your ve­hi­cle to ram into an­other ve­hi­cle is far from ideal. But there’s a right way to do it that can min­i­mize dam­age to your car and al­low you to make a hasty es­cape when there is no lessvi­o­lent op­tion.

OVER­VIEW: Ac­cel­er­ate hard to build up speed, and try to align the cor­ner of your ve­hi­cle’s frame with one of the axles of the other ve­hi­cle. As you ap­proach the tar­get ve­hi­cle, abruptly lift off the ac­cel­er­a­tor and coast for a short dis­tance to trans­fer weight to the front of your ve­hi­cle. When you’re a few feet from the block­ing ve­hi­cle, get back on the gas pedal ag­gres­sively. This burst of power ap­plied at the right mo­ment should lift the nose of your ve­hi­cle and give you the mo­men­tum to lift and shove the other car out of the way, spin­ning it 90 de­grees. CON­SID­ER­A­TIONS: When this tech­nique was first de­vel­oped, cars were built with body-on-frame con­struc­tion like mod­ern-day pickup trucks. If your ve­hi­cle has a uni­body con­struc­tion, ap­ply the same prin­ci­ples with the un­der­stand­ing that the dam­age will be more sig­nif­i­cant. If you have airbags, they’ll al­most cer­tainly de­ploy on im­pact. This may dis­ori­ent you and im­pede your abil­ity to es­cape. Also, know that ve­hi­cle size and weight will play a large part in de­ter­min­ing the fea­si­bil­ity of this in your spe­cific sit­u­a­tion. If you’re in a com­pact city car and the road is blocked by a heavy­duty pickup truck, the odds — and laws of physics — will be stacked against you.

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