Carjacking is a nasty crime that happens every day all across the U.S. Below are a few statistics showing why carjackings are so dangerous and why innocent people often end up dead.
- 77% of the time, a weapon is used during a carjacking.
- The majority of the time, the weapon used is a gun.
- 87% of carjackings are committed by men.
- 54% of carjackings are committed by two or more people.
- The criminal is most likely a male under 29 years of age.
- A carjacking is most likely to occur during the evening or at night.
About five years ago, I escaped a carjacking attempt and made it out unharmed, using the driving knowledge that I’m about to share with you.
If you ever find yourself about to be carjacked, the most important thing to remember is: Keep moving! As long as your wheels are turning and you’re moving in some direction, you significantly increase your chances of survival. This is why it’s critical to know how to ram a vehicle and escape a roadblock, because if you get stopped at a roadblock it will likely cost you your life.
If you come upon a roadblock overseas—or here in the U.S.—you always want to make it appear that you’re going to stop for it by slowing down. In other words, if you’re driving 50 miles an hour and you come upon the roadblock, you want to slow down until you’re driving between 20 to 25 miles an hour.
You never want to ram another vehicle at a high-speed because it could do too much damage to your vehicle and to you. So remember, 20 to 25 mph is the magic number for ramming a vehicle.
Also, when possible, you always want to ram the rear end of the vehicle blocking you. The front of a car contains the engine, making it heavier and harder to push out-of-the-way. The back of the vehicle has the trunk, which is a lot lighter and easier to drive through.
If you come upon two vehicles blocking your path and you can’t ram either rear end, then you simply ram right in the center of the two vehicles and split them apart. Even if they’re larger vehicles and you’re in a smaller vehicle, you’ll still be able to drive through them if you’re going 20 to 25 miles per hour.
Remember: You must keep your foot on the gas as you’re ramming the blocking vehicle. Human tendency is to lift your foot off the gas as you hit the vehicle, but you want to keep your foot on the pedal so you drive through the vehicles and drive off to safety.
Hopefully, you will never find yourself in a situation where you have to ram a vehicle to save your life, but now you know to go between 20-25 mph and to hit the rear end of the vehicle if you can.
Jason Hanson is a former CIA officer whose training firm has been featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank” and the NBC “TODAY Show.” To see videos of Jason’s Escape & Evasion Driving Experience, visit www.SpyDriving.com.