How to Jump from a Moving Car

Three Parts:Waiting for the Right MomentMaking Your MoveLanding Properly

Jumping out of a moving car is not something to be taken lightly. It is quite dangerous, and you will almost certainty sustain some injuries. However, there are some instances where staying inside a moving car is actually more dangerous (or deadly) than jumping out. By waiting for the right moment, making your move with confidence, and landing properly you can successfully survive jumping from a moving car.

Part 1
Waiting for the Right Moment

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    Improvise some padding. Jumping from a moving car is very dangerous, so if you must do it, you need to protect yourself. Grab any soft materials you can find in the car—e.g., clothing, newspaper, a stuffed animal—and stuff it into your clothes. Any little bit of padding can go a long way toward helping to break your fall.[1]
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    Assess your speed. Before you leap from a moving car, you need to make sure you can survive the fall. 30-35 miles per hour should be about the maximum speed for jumping. If you cannot see the speedometer, simply look out the window (or better yet, stick your head out). You will instinctively know whether or not you could survive the jump.[2]
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    Find a way to slow down. If the car is traveling faster than 30-25 mph, you need to find a way to slow the car down. Think of a way to distract the driver, such as pointing out something on the side of the road, or making a very loud noise. Any small distraction may cause the driver to remove their foot from the gas pedal.[3]
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    Wait for a turn. Another way to jump at a slower speed is to wait for the car to turn. In order to turn, the driver will need to slow down quite a bit, creating an opportunity for you to jump. Wait until the car is turning in the direction which you will jump.[4]

Part 2
Making Your Move

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    Look for a soft place to land. Scope out the area around you and try to locate a soft place to land. A field, a patch of grass, or a pile of leaves is probably your best bet. Look for a place that is “five seconds” away from you (meaning you could count to five before you reach it).[5]
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    Avoid obstructions. In addition to finding a soft place to land, you must find a place that is free from obstructions. You want to jump without crashing into a road sign or fence, and you want to avoid landing on broken glass or other objects.[6]
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    Open the door completely. When you swing open the door, it is crucial to make sure your open it all the way. You need space to jump with conviction, and you do not want the door to hit you on your way out.[7]
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    Jump away at an angle. When you jump from a moving car, you want to be sure that you won’t be run over by it. So jump backwards and away from the car. Try to propel yourself at a 45 degree angle from the rear of the vehicle.[8]

Part 3
Landing Properly

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    Tuck your body. As soon as you exit the vehicle, tuck your body into a tight ball. You are strongest in your center, and you can handle the most abuse if you are tucked into yourself. Hug your arms around your body and scrunch up your legs.[9]
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    Try to land on your back. Position yourself so that your back is what hits the ground. It is important to land on the center of your back, not your shoulder! The center of your back is a large area, which means the force of the impact will be distributed, and you will be less likely to get hurt.[10]
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    Don’t try to break the fall with your hands. Whatever you do, do not try to break the fall with your hands! Do not put your arms out! This is a very common instinct, but you must avoid it. If you put our your arms, will break your wrists.[11]
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    Roll when you hit the ground. As soon as you feel the impact of the ground, allow your body to roll. You will be traveling at a high speed, and even when you land you will experience forceful inertia. Allowing yourself to roll helps to distribute the impact and prevents you from sliding.[12]

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