Sunday, September 23, 2018

Self Defense for Drivers

It seems that drivers are at risk for more and more violence... see here for a great article. But how far can drivers go to protect ourselves? A quick perusal of the numerous online forums suggest that drivers are not always aware of Uber's policy when it comes to carrying weapons:

Our goal is to ensure that everyone has a safe and reliable ride. That's why Uber prohibits riders and their guests, as well as driver and delivery partners, from carrying firearms of any kind while using our app* 
Anyone who violates this policy may lose access to Uber.
*To the extent permitted by applicable law
So what can we do to protect ourselves from an aggressor inside our car?
There are many drivers who swear by some easily concealed weapons, such as pepper spray, pepper gel, tire thumpers, knuckles, knives, flashlights or any other number of items. However, confronting violence in this way has a realistic chance of escalating the situation.

It appears that the best defense in situations where you feel threatened is to pull over in a well-lit spot, preferably in a place where there will be witnesses, remove the keys from the car and explain that you are unable to complete the trip. If the passenger continues to show any aggression, step out of the car (you have the keys, so the car can't be stolen), and call 911. Tell the passenger what you are doing, and keep as calm as possible. If you have a dash cam, move to the front of the car, so that the whole incident can be recorded.
None of us should be subjected to violence, or the threat of violence, but we must all be prepared to react if, or when, it occurs.

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