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Drive to Survive (Motorbooks Workshop) 1st Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 075-2748305250
ISBN-10: 0760305250
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Product Details

  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; 1st edition (January 31, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760305250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760305256
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Drive to Survive' should be required reading
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.
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I really enjoyed "Drive To Survive", because it is apparent from word-one that author Curt Rich knows what he is talking about. As a former SCCA National Rally winner and combat shooting veteran, he presents decades of real-world driving experience in direct language that is both engaging and funny.
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."
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The book can be summarized:

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.
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The author looks to the problem of road safety from many points: perceptivity, awareness, consciousness, vigilance, alertness, carefulness, perfectness in high-performance driving, evasive driving techniques, prevention of kidnapping and carjacking, keeping your car always in perfect condition, wearing the seatbelt, having the right safety equipment and useful gadgets, and so on. The writer finds analogies between survival as a solder in Vietnam war and survival as a driver of a car on public roads in the U.S (and in the other countries as well). The main point of this book is situational awareness: what is the difference between a relaxed person, unaware of the surroundings (so called condition white), and the relaxed, aware one (condition yellow)? When the people describe their car accidents, they tell that everything were OK but suddenly something bad happened that caused the accident. "Suddenly" is the key word that presents in almost each accident description. It confirms that the victim of the accident was unaware of the surroundings, being in the condition white.

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.
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