In any high-risk area, you are most vulnerable when in a vehicle en route to your home, office or other regular destination. No one knows this better than Robert H. Deatherage Jr., who has more than 20 years’ experience in antiterrorism in both the military and private sectors. In Survival Driving, Deatherage takes the antiterrorist driving lessons he learned from today’s war zones and shows you how to adapt them to your situation, whether you are in Baghdad, Beirut, Bogotá or Brooklyn.
Using straightforward rules, security checklists, photographs and drawings, he teaches you how to prepare a route analysis, including marking maps and identifying choke points and safe havens; recognize likely attack sites for IEDs, rammings, drive-by shootings and overrun attacks; reinforce and maintain your vehicles to withstand attack by selecting the proper armoring, engine, tires, alarms, windows, locks and more; spot surveillance whether it’s fixed or mobile; master the driving basics of steering, braking and accelerating, as well as advanced evasive maneuvers such as forward and reverse 180-degree turns and barricade breaching; and scrutinize military or police personnel at roadblocks or accident scenes to tell whether they are real or fake.
In the final chapter, Deatherage evaluates actual vehicle attacks and explains how the simple lessons taught in this book might have enabled the victims to avoid the attacks or use evasive maneuvers to outrun their attackers. Whether you are an enlisted man or reservist about to be deployed, a security contractor or businessman stationed overseas or just a daily commuter who travels on some dangerous roads, you owe it to yourself to take this crash course in survival driving. 8 1/2 x 11, softcover, photos, 160 pp.
Robert Deatherage served in the U.S. Army Special Forces in some of the world’s most dangerous areas, where he was responsible for the security of GIs and their equipment. Most recently, he was the security manager for an international contractor in various regions of Iraq. He has attended the most prestigious driving courses in the world, including those conducted for Special Forces, FBI and United Nations personnel....