The other day I was driving on Florida’s Turnpike when I saw some very ominous looking thick pitch black low hanging clouds looming in front of me. I knew that can mean only one thing-I was heading into a huge rain storm. Florida is notorious for having flash flood like tropical storms and I was about to drive right into one. Sure enough, just as I got under the giant black cloud the torrential down pour began. I immediately slowed down, turned on my lights and got into the slow moving lane. It was raining so hard that I could barely see the cars in front or to the side of me. Just then the two cars in front of me turned their hazard lights on. I first I thought that they were experiencing some type of mechanical problem and that they were about to pull of off the road but they kept on driving. I then recognized the wisdom in what they were doing. I could barely see the marker lights of any of the cars in front of me but the two cars with their hazard lights on were very easy to make out in the storm. BRILLIANT! I immediately turned my hazard lights on to protect myself as well, as soon as I did that the car directly behind me slowed down and increased his distance from me to about two car lengths. IT WORKED! About a half hour later the storm ended and I made it home safe.
I first became fascinated with applying Reality Based Self Defense concepts to driving when I went through the precision, escape and evasion driving course twenty three years ago at Executive Security International (ESI). The course was designed by the legendary TONY SCOTTI. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t apply the concepts and techniques of Mr.Scotti’s excellent course to my driving. I suggest you add this rain storm survival technique to your driving skill sets.