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How Tactical Drivers Learn Crazy-Ass Maneuvers

Those fancy car maneuvers you see in action movies aren’t all about good looks. At the Team O’Neil Rally School in the woods of New Hampshire, drivers interested in learning how to get out of sticky situations learn how to do J-turns, pit maneuvers, left-foot braking, and “driver down” drills, where passengers take over for suddenly incapacitated drivers. It’s all fair game at the 600-acre learning facility.

Of course, these tricks aren’t for everyday driving. Most students at the school are security or special operations professionals, there to learn about “tactical mobility.” Tactical mobility sounds fancy, but it’s “basically having excellent car control, so if something happens, you’re capable of handling your vehicle and its occupants safely,” says Wyatt Knox, the special projects director at the school.

Big Disclaimer: Do not try this at home. Do check out the other episodes in WIRED’s newest series, Tradecraft, which features operatives from the CIA, FBI, and elite military divisions explaining the techniques they use to complete their missions. Learn how to watch them all here.

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