Here at TTAG, we’ve covered the great utility of dashcams for evidentiary value as well as for self-improvement. Now comes a dashcam video from a taxi driver in Chile who narrowly escaped a robbery and carjacking late one night. The taxi driver’s response to the attempted attack looks to be virtually textbook perfect.
The incident began with the carjackers forcing their vehicle in front of the taxi driver at an exit (see photo at top).
The good guy exercised good personal defensive driving skills, maintaining a healthy separation from the vehicle in front of him. Notice his separation compared to the other drivers in both directions.
In this case, after intentionally hanging back from the vehicle in front of him, the victim saw four armed individuals emerge from the car in front of him after they tried to box him in to prevent his escape.
General George Patton once said that a decent plan violently executed right now is better than a perfect plan implemented next week.
Instead of submitting to the attack, he accelerated at three of the four attackers, grazing one as the others got out of the way. The taxi then careened past the carjackers’ ride and sped away…after a big sigh from the good guy driver.
Again, the dashcam tells the tale (the action starts at about 1:25 as the carjackers stop under an overpass).
And the aftermath is covered in a local TV report here.
The reaction of the taxi driver to the attempted carjacking and robbery could not have been better, given the circumstances.
The lessons we can take away include maintaining a healthy gap between our vehicle and anyone ahead of us, particularly at stoplights or in chokepoints as seen in the video. Remember, distance gives you time and time gives you options. Options usually mean a good chance at getting to safety.
Lastly, if something happens, don’t forget to come back to General Patton’s maxim: a good plan executed violently right now is far better than a perfect plan implemented next week.