When preparing to drive, be sure you inspect your vehicle carefully; tires to mirrors, trunk, lights, etc. Look inside for what belongs and what doesn't belong. Check the engine to be sure you are at peak operational readiness. When seated, check your mirrors and be concerned about blind spots around your vehicle. Adding convex mirrors to the regular mirrors may eliminate that blind spot.
Consider placing your seat beside the B-pillar thus giving yourself some protection from a rolling drive by attack. However, we still need to be able to control and apply the brakes and accelerator carefully, this may dictate the adjustment. Practice releasing the seat belt rapidly and opening the door from the inside and getting out. Also hunker down and see how low you can get just in case you are shot at and trying to drive out of the ambush and still be able to control the vehicle from that position. Incoming rounds have a way of making your body conform to available cover, but it is always better to have a plan and practice before the rounds come through your windshield!
When stopped in traffic be alert, start checking the rear view, sides and front and try to give yourself a good interval from the car in front of you.
International Training, Inc. shoots up a lot of vehicles in our Executive Protection courses, Military courses, and Law Enforcement tactical courses, and especially our Counter Ambushing course. I can tell you without a doubt that if your car is not armored that the standard 9mm, 40 S&W, 45 ACP, 357 (Both Magnum and SIG),.223, .308, rifled slug can penetrate windows, trunks, roofs, and doors of a standard police vehicle and kill you. Yes, they can be deflected, but don't count on it.
What you should put more faith and effort into is your own tactics for avoiding and/or reacting to ambushes. In the second part of this article, that will be the focus of the discussion. Until then, stay safe!