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Roadside shootings: Some tips to stay safe in an emergency

  • Don’t worry – panic is natural
  • Remember, cars only explode in movies
  • Key in all emergency numbers, soonest!
CAR HIJACK. Image: Supplied
CAR HIJACK, SHOOTING ON THE STREET: If you’re near a  criminal event and it is safe to do so, call the emergency services. Are their number listed on your phone? If not do so…  Image: Supplied

EUGENE HERBERT
MasterDrive MD

ROAD-USERS have again been caught up in a shooting – this time in Sandton, northern Johannesburg – when shots were fired at a fuel station and one person was killed.

There was another event outside OR Tambo airport, also in the Johannesburg conurbation, which left many drivers asking themselves what they would do.

MasterDrive shares some tips…

CAR HIJACK. Image: Supplied
WHEN SHOTS ARE FIRED:  An expert gives some tips of what to do if you are nearby.  Image: Supplied

First, we can expect people nearby will be paralysed by shock and fear. Panic is inevitable – it’s only human so this is why it is so important to be prepared. If we have a mental plan of action if a hijack or other weaponised attack happens nearby some logic might show through the fear.

We cannot know how we might react to a particular crisis so planning will improve our defensive reaction.

What should you do?

THE FIRST thing to do when shots are fired is find protective cover – perhaps behind a pillar or behind your car. Film producers will have us believe that a shot can cause your car to explode but in reality the chances of this happening are near zero.

Having taken shelter, use your cellphone to call emergency services (as soon as you have finished this article, key them in, if you have not done so already!).

Once you know you are safe – that the event is over – if you have first-aid training try to assist the injured. If the incident occurs in the street or highway remember that the instinct of many will be to flee. Again, always put safety first.

Watch out for escaping cars

Don’t run into the road without checking, be aware of cars that may drive around victims to escape and even consider vehicles which may turn around and drive the wrong way down the road. The objective is to minimise injury or death as much as possible.

You can never be truly prepared for something like this. All you can do is know beforehand what to do if it does.

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