Street Survival - Advanced Defensive Driving



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A collision could easily cause sparks as metal objects scrape against each other or the road surface, or perhaps exposed electrical wiring.

It only takes the presence of propellant vapors to ignite the fire.

Time is of the essence when a fire breaks out. The flames can very quickly intensify and spread.

The toxic smoke could burn and poison the lungs as well as block any visibility.

Try to escape the vehicle as quickly as possible. It is a dilemma to try and free others in the vehicle as well.

The intensity and size of the fire will determine the course to follow:

Safety Fire Collision

Intense Sizeable Fire

  • Do not return to the vehicle to collect possessions.

  • Once free of the vehicle, stand a LONG distance off from it due to the threat of an explosion

Smaller Contained Fire

  • If you have the correct type of fire extinguisher and can get to it safely, you may be able to put out the fire.

  • Sand and earth can also be used.

  • Stand upwind of the air flow as that will keep you free of any smoke and direct the heat away from you.

  • If located in the engine bay, do not lift the hood as this will feed the fire with oxygen.

  • Do NOT use water to put out the fire. If oil is alight it will cause the flame to flare up. It could also spread any fuel that is alight to other areas where it can cause further problems.

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Street Survival - Advanced Defensive Driving