- Enemy Vehicles
- Your Car
Wear a Seat Belt
In most places it’s illegal to drive without one and you can be fined, but that shouldn’t be your only motivation for using one. There are so many stories where people wearing seat belts survived accidents no one thought possible. There are only a few instances where wearing a seat belt actually hurt people, but not enough to make you not want to wear one. You should also make everyone else in the car wear one whether they want to or not.
Drive with your doors locked
A practice I took up early on is to lock all the doors as soon as you get in. In California, there is a lot of Car Jacking going on. And you don’t want to be the dude that get’s dragged by your head/seatbelt when you get car jacked because you were too lazy to lock your door. Locking your door gives you some notice while the criminal is fumbling on the handle. In that situation I’d probably floor it. I’d bet on the criminal wouldn’t be pissed enough even if armed to start firing right at you through the window. (Not that it’s not possible for that to happen), but it’s a bet I’d be willing to make.
The only annoying thing about this is you go to get out, and you realize it’s still locked. After a while you can train yourself to unlock before exiting the car 🙂
Leave an escape route
Be very very careful to leave yourself an escape route at any stop sign/stop light. You never know when someone will try to car jack you or possibly try to attack you because of the way you drove earlier or something. If you do get yourself mixed up with someone more dangerous than you can handle, you have to leave room so you can floor the car and get TF outta there. It’s not easy to do all the time, but if you can do it. Leave space between you and the other cars, try not to get sandwiched in and so on. This may seem yet another paranoid thing to do, but I think it may pay off someday. Who knows…
I always lock my car as soon as I exit it at the gas station. You never know if someone might try to get inside and steal what meager possessions you have, or try to hide in there, or who knows what. Some people might think that’s paranoid, but too bad for them. I lock the car as soon as I exit (just about any) station, and only unlock it when I’m ready to leave unless someone is with me.
Stay outta the Ghetto Alone!
It’s just common sense to avoid trouble areas alone/at night. I’ve taken big detours around bad areas. There are some spots you do not want to get outta the car if you break down or get stuck in. Living in California, you know what I’m talking about. If at all possible try to get someone to go with you into these trouble spots. Like Beirut man 🙂 And another tip, don’t take any strange exit into the ghetto if you can help it. Anyone see Judgement Night? That wrong turn off the freeway. I’ve made several turns similar to those in my life. Don’t let it happen 🙂