Frame 1: Open the door as wide as possible to lower your chances of getting caught or snagging part of the car when you jump.
Frame 2: Look ahead for a good landing spot that’s soft—like patches of grass and dirt—and free of obstacles—like rocks and road signs—so you can time your jump properly.
Frame 3: Jump at an angle perpendicular to the car’s movement so you minimize the chance of rolling back toward the road when you land.
Frame 4: Tuck yourself into a ball, lowering your head and bringing your arms and legs in tight to your body.
Frame 5: Roll when you land to spread the impact out as much as possible.
Frame 6: Get away from the roadside to avoid getting run over by passing vehicles and evaluate any injuries you might have before calling for help.
It’s a classic Hollywood scenario. The bad guy cuts the brake lines, the good guy gets in the car, and chaos ensues on a steep road. While you’re unlikely to be the target of a villainous act like severed brake lines, it’s not unreasonable for brakes to fail. If you find yourself in a runaway car with no means of slowing yourself down, your best bet might be to bail. Here’s how to do so in a way that ensures your best chances for survival.