“When driving, accept that someone stopping suddenly in this manner may be a threat..”
This new technique involves a carjacker pulling in front of a victim as they enter onto a highway ‘on-ramp’.
The perpetrators stop on the on-ramp and one of the criminals jumps out of their own vehicle and quickly surprise their victim. They then have an open road for a quick getaway.
Eugene Herbert is the managing director of the vehicle safety company, MasterDrive and he has advised all highway-using motorists to ‘keep their distance’ when entering via an on-ramp.
“The driver was blocked in by the hijacker’s car that preceded her and soon by traffic behind her.
“The driver was blocked in by the hijacker’s car that preceded her and soon by traffic behind her.”
Ensure that you keep at least three metres between yourself and the car in front of you when stationary to prevent yourself from being in this position
Being alert on the road is the best way to avoid these potentially dangerous situations. “Quickly moving around a car that suddenly and expectedly stops, can make all the difference.
Reacting this way, however, is something you need to train yourself to do. When driving, accept that someone stopping suddenly in this manner may be a threat and that your best response is to immediately move around the obstacle.”
MasterDrive is adamant that no victim should feel the need to fight back, and in their words; ‘a car can be replaced, but a human life cannot’.