For a spy, defensive driving is a major skill in his bag of tricks. Vehicles can be used for surveillance as well as to escape surveillance. Because of this, the Farm puts a high priority on teaching new recruits to drive. That may sound strange, after all, we all took our driver’s test and hold a license to drive an automobile, but the Farm teaches skills like breaking through a roadblock, a reverse 180 and J-hooks. While those might not be applicable to your daily commute, the following are a few handy driving tools that might help you out of a jam, or possibly save your life.
First, learn to drive with two feet. By that I mean use your right foot on the gas and your left on the brake. Driving with both feet will allow you to accelerate from a dead stop faster. As you lift your left off the brake, you press the gas at the same time. It also helps you stop faster. You can start applying pressure to the brake even before you have lifted you foot off the gas all the way. In a potential traffic accident, the half second it takes to lift your foot off the accelerator, move it to the brake and stamp down, might be enough to make the difference between a near miss and a fatal crash.
In the event you are going to be in a crash, there are a number of things you can do to better your chances of walking away. If you have been driving long enough, you’ve probably been in the situation where you see a crash coming seconds before it happens. If you haven’t had this happen to you yet, you will.
Here is what you need to do to increase your chances of walking away. First, keep your hands on the sides of the wheel. If you are old enough, you probably drive with your hands at ten and two. The invention of the airbag has changed the way we should drive. If your hands are in the path of inflation, you are going to punch yourself in the face. This is especially true for you guys that drive with one hand at twelve o’clock. Sorry, fellas, it’s not cool. It’s a good way to eat your own fist when the airbag deploys. Drive with your hands at three and five instead.
The other thing you can do to decrease your odds of being seriously injured in a car accident is to hit the gas. That probably took you by surprise. Let me explain; Cars are big, heavy objects and they have a lot of momentum going when they are moving. There are a lot of factors at play in a car accident, but when two objects meet, the object with more momentum is going to take less damage ( doing more damage to the other object—in this case the other car ).
For instance; you see a car veer into your lane. It’s going to hit you head on. Stamp the gas and twists the wheel right. The impact will happen on the driver’s side instead of head on, hopefully preventing you from ending up with the steering column through your sternum. Second, if you are really lucky, the car that veered into your lane will hit the back half of your vehicle. All the damage will be on the back wheels and directed toward the backseats. (Obviously this is not the method to use if you have children.)
Quick Tip: Inflate your wheels 3 to 5 psi over the recommended limit. This will help your car respond better at high speeds.