Harry here. I posted a pretty scary video over the weekend and I think it really struck a chord with a lot of drivers. We’ve all been in similar situations and for most of us, things rarely escalate this far. But this video showed just how quickly things can get out of hand and fortunately this driver was very well prepared.
I know that I’ll be buying a good dash cam very soon and after a conversation with my wife, even she thinks it’d be a good idea for me to carry a taser or pepper spray when driving late at night. So today, I asked RSG contributor, Christian Perea, to update us on the situation that occurred and take a look at all the ways drivers can protect themselves going forward.
You’ve probably seen it by now, but over the weekend a video surfaced on Facebook of a driver using pepper spray to protect himself from a pretty drunk passenger. The video quickly went viral after the driver (Edward Caban) posted it and the passenger (Benjamin Golden) was quickly shamed all over the internet. The driver handled this situation pretty well and I also think it made a lot of drivers realize just how valuable a dash cam can be. Video is very very compelling.
This video was disturbing for me because it felt like many situations I’ve encountered while driving. I’m sure we’ve all been in this drivers shoes more than a few times before.
In fact, last week I had a passenger slap me in the back of my head after I drove her to an Oracle concert and chastised her for sneaking a beer into my car and kicked her out. I wished I had had a dash-cam like this guy at the time because it would have made pressing charges much easier. [Read more…]