You must know how to use your car effectively as a self defense tool. Hi, everyone. It’s John with today’s Active Self Protection lesson out of Mexico. Here we’re gonna see a kidnapping go down that teaches us some very significant lessons about awareness, about being ready in the moment to protect yourself, and using the tools you have with you effectively to get out of the danger zone. The white car at the bottom of the screen is where our bad guys are. And they are waiting for their prey. And you can see them put it in drive because they see her coming down the road right here. In the original, they waited just a little longer. Now, you can see them block her off, but she’s left a little bit of distance. As they get out of the car, she kinda thinks about running them over, but isn’t able to do it. You see the passenger door not open there, but the driver’s door did. They pull this woman out of the car, and she’s gonna put up a little bit of a fight, but man, against two of them, three of them, she’s not gonna be able to do much. They are gonna stuff her in the car and drive off with her. And that’s just how fast a kidnapping happens. Now let’s learn some lessons. There are eight lessons on our website on this one. Click through the link in the description. Let’s talk about some of them here. The first one is you gotta be aware of what’s going on around you. And this lady was, I think, initially, and you notice here when they pull in front of her, she stops with some significant distance. Leaving your car some significant distance for maneuvering, about a car length or so is really smart, because your car is meant to drive forward, it does that the best, and so you wanna keep some space in front of you. She did okay. Now as soon as she started to see what was a threat there, you notice she started to drive off, but she just wasn’t willing to finish that. And what I wanna tell you is you gotta have the emotional fitness that if you’re in danger, push that accelerator down and get out of the danger zone. Use that car, because it’s the most effective tool you have. She could’ve gotten out of there. Now, next lock your doors. The passenger door was locked, but the driver door was not, and because her driver’s door was unlocked, they had access to the cabin. She, if her door was locked, could have hit the gas at that point as well and gotten out of there, but because her door was open, now she’s in a hand fight. She decides “Oh, they want the car”, but they don’t want the car. They want her instead, and you gotta recognize when it’s time to fight. I’d rather use a car, but if you’re going to go hand- to-hand, man, don’t ever get taken to a second location. If they’re gonna kill you, make them kill you there because nothing good happens at the second location. As they’re taking her here, told many people this, would really recommend, last ditch scenario, just drop all of your body weight and go to the ground. Make them carry you into the car at the very least so then that way you make a harder target, they might get frustrated and not take you. Unfortunately, this woman was taken. So, learn the lessons about using your car, make sure you create space, have the emotional fitness to use the car effectively, if you have to, keep your doors locked, and cover your ASP.