Leave space to escape dangerous situations.
Expect the unexpected and plan for escape routes.
Suppose you are the second car in line at a stop light.
Your front bumper is three feet from the car in front
of you. You look in your rearview mirror and notice
that the local town moron is approaching you at a high
speed. He is waving at some girls and doesn't see the
red light until it is too late. He slams on his brakes
and all you hear is the screeching of his tires followed
by a loud and sickening CRUNCH.
Everything suddenly fades to black. The next thing
you notice is a fireman trying to take your pulse as
the Jaws of Life are ripping apart your car so you can
Of course you noticed that the local moron is not hurt
and you overhear him telling the police that YOU backed
into him. As you slip back into unconsciousness you
remembered to GIVE YOURSELF AN OUT.
If only you had left a car and a half length between
you and the car in front of you. You could have pulled
forward or even out of the way before the impact.