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2nd Edition

Survival Driving
Staying Alive on the World’s Most Dangerous Roads

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ISBN 9781032065625
August 25, 2021 Forthcoming by CRC Press
208 Pages 77 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Survival Driving: Staying Alive on the World’s Most Dangerous Roads, Second Edition was written to inform and protect: to keep people alive by making them more situationally aware.

Any person is a potential target, either from a criminal or a terrorist threat, depending on your profession and the type of environment you live and work in. Driving is the most important part of a person’s security program, whether the person is traveling alone or the executive being moved by his or her security detail. The book is written in plain, easy to understand language providing straight-forward guidance that outlines tools to ensure security whenever in transit in a vehicle. This includes making themselves a hard target in order to avoid attack.

While most terrorist or criminal attacks are difficult to predict, the majority of attacks take place when a person is in transit. By providing tools such as rout analysis, identifying choke points, learning where safe havens are located along a route, individuals are able to predict the places that are most vulnerable, and take steps to ensure safety. VIPs, executives, those working in—or traveling to—volatile regions of the world, and those hired to protect such individuals will equally learn how to detect surveillance when it is targeted against them, when they are the potential target. Failing this, the book also provides the tools a person needs to break contact and escape when an attack against them while moving in their vehicle occurs.

The book covers basic and advanced driving skills and instructs on how to best understand the transport vehicle and its capabilities.

Key Features:

  • Instructs readers on how to recognize and anticipate potential attack sites during movement
  • Illustrates how to properly maintain a vehicle at peak performance in different environments so it will work as required when needed
  • Describes vehicle dynamics and, specifically, how a vehicle can be used as a tool to protect, and aid escape, when under attack
  • Outlines the ways individuals can become more situationally aware in their movements
  • Maps out key security driving elements such as steering, braking, vehicle dynamics, and evasive maneuvers to escape amidst a threat

By raising situational awareness, increasing knowledge of the attack cycle, and outlining the nature of threats, Survival Driving can transform any reader from a soft target to an informed hard target who threat actors will want to avoid.

Table of Contents

1. Who is a Target? 2. The Weakest Link. 3. Route Analysis. 4. How to Overcome Induced Panic and "Fight or Flight". 5. Awareness. 6. Attack Recognition. 7. Surveillance Detection. 8. Your Vehicle. 9. Issues with Smart Vehicles. 10. Vehicle Occupant Responsibilities. 11. Driving Basics. 12. Vehicle Dynamics. 13. Vehicle Evasion Manoeuvres. 14. Attack Scenarios. 15. Motorcade Operations. 16. Vehicle Bomb Searches. 17. Case Studies of Actual Vehicle Attacks.

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Bob Deatherage joined the U.S. Marines at 18, served three years, and then tried civilian life before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He spent 17 years in U.S. Army special operations, 14 as a Green Beret. He retired as the noncommissioned officer in charge of the antiterrorism training detachment located at the Special Warfare Center and School in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

After retiring from the military, he worked as a security manager for a private contractor throughout Iraq. He is now conducting driver training, combat marksman ship, and antiterrorism training for the military, government, and law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.