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This is an excellent book on many levels. Curt has taken Colonel Cooper's color code, adapted it to the road, and added proper day-to-day driving tips, as well as high performance survival driving techniques, and turned out a fantastic book.
For years, ever since my API 250 class, I have been saying that defensive driving is 'condition yellow' behind the wheel. This mindset has saved me money, because I have avoided citations for moving violations by revenue collectors. More importantly, it saved me from several potential collisions, where I (and loved ones) could have been killed or seriously injured. Years later, I would hear that attitude echoed in the words of my flight instructor: See and avoid.
In addition to Curt's advice regarding everyday driving, he has some valuable insight into those 'close range interpersonal conflict' situations which can occur in, or around, your car. Drawing on his experience as a combat veteran, an API graduate, and an SCCA champion, Curt Rich shows readers (through photographs and line drawings) the high performance techniques which may save your life, if you need to use your automobile to escape criminal predation... or to counter-attack. These high performance driving techniques must be practiced, in order to be most effective. Perhaps many readers may choose not to conduct these sort of exercises, and that's certainly their choice.
Even so, there is a wealth of knowledge to gain by reading this book, and applying the more general techniques to everyday driving should help to greatly reduce the risk of a collision. As Curt points out, it doesn't matter if the collision was the other guy's fault if you're the one who ends up in the hospital, or the morgue.Read more ›
Rich covers everything from mirror positions (betcha don't know the right answer to this one) to everyday commuting strategies that will help you avoid being an accident victim--both unintentional accidents and staged, intentional accidents that are a pretext for insurance scams or worse (car jackings).
I have attended driving schools and this book, DTS, is far more realistic in conveying information that "connects" with drivers of ALL ages--from 15 to 80. If you're smart enough to own ANY of the following--a fire extinguisher, smoke detector, radon gas detector, alarm system, self-defense firearm, etc.--you can profit from what's in this book to have a safer, more secure environment EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Be forewarned--you might as well buy multiple copies because you'll want to have extras to pass out to anyone you care about. I'm getting 15 copies to give as gifts to my family and friends.
As that cajun cook says, "I GARE-RON-TEE you won't be disappointed."
1) Understand the colour coding system. White is generally where most of us are...oblivious. When driving be relaxed but constantly aware in code yellow. Code orange is a specific threat such as being cut off. Code red is danger such as impending impact or carjacking.
2) Adjust your mirrors properly and ALWAYS be aware of who is behind and to your sides. If you are being followed switch to code orange and make 3 right turns to confirm that you are being followed. Go to a fire or police station. Never go home.
3) Practice threshold braking and understand that it is much better to brake fast and hard initially then ease off on braking then the reverse.
4) Wear seatbelts
5) Avoid the use of cellular phones but keep one with you in case of emergencies.
6) RELAX! Never succumb to road rage. This is not only foolish but could get you killed. If someone cuts you off or engages in offensive driving habits let it go. Don't try to get even. Try to be invisible.
7) Basic habits to avoid carjacking are elucidated:
a) Situational awareness. Use your instincts. If something feels wrong it probably is.
b) Lock your call and roll up the windows
c) Have your keys out and ready to use
d) Be extra vigilant at gas stations
e) Be extra vigilant if rear ended. It may not be an "accident" rather a felony in progress.
f) Be extra vigilant approaching your home and in your garage
g) Keep your vehicle in good repair
The author also suggests items that should be in your emergency car kit like flashlights, knives, hammer tools, handcuff keys, etc.
Various car maneuvers are described, however, these are best learned by experience and training.
The author writes: "No excuses are asked or accepted. Someone hit you while you were stopped at a traffic light. It was the other guy's fault. That's no excuse. Your car is still damaged, and you could still be dead. If you are in the hospital, and the emergency room is working to save your life, "It wasn't my fault!" doesn't mean a thing to them. Right now it doesn't mean anything to you, either."
The writer presents a concept of the "invisible car", which I liked much! Being invisible just means going with a flow, not standing out, driving smoothly and unremarkably, watching everything that is going on that affects you, avoiding the crazies and not "punishing" them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Whether you want to learn more about driving yourself, or want a book for the new driver in your house, this is the book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by MOC
One of the better defensive driving books out there. However, the author dedicated many pages at the end of the book on situational instruction (car jacking, kidnapping, dangerous... Read morePublished 15 months ago by MysficFire
The book is informative and motivational for a driver surviving to drive every day on the road.I am glad to have it.Published 23 months ago by Mariano Tongohan
I liked some of the tips for improved driving such as eliminating the blind spot ( by extending the mirrors farther out then usually instructed) but I thought that there was a... Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by online shopper
Wish I'd read this 20 years ago! Much of which he discusses, I've learned from experience, and having access to it at the beginning of one's driving career would be a definite head... Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Miller
Automobiles are the most powerful and dangerous existing technology most humans will every employ. Any high school graduate that stayed awake in physics class can mathematically... Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by John M. Buol Jr.
If you're reading this, congratulations. You've probably realized that you're not the best driver in the world, and you still have lots to learn. That's the first step. Read morePublished on May 12, 2012 by Zachary Goldman