Soldiers and Marines - and, to a lesser extent, sailors and airmen - learn to "drive to survive" in foreign battlegrounds. But those same driving skills do not translate well to US roads and are proving deadly for troops, myFOXhouston.com reported.
"It was complete culture shock coming from the military back to Houston," Bryan Escobedo, a former sergeant with the US Marine Corps, explained.
"For a long time, when I was driving on the highway, I always thought that there was IEDs [improvised explosive devices]. Anything that I saw on the side of the road, I'd swerve all the way. I don't know - it would just overtake me with anxiety, and I sometimes had to pull over and gather myself," Escobedo told FOX station KRIV
Escobedo survived four IED attacks overseas. But driving habits that once saved his life now are putting him at risk.
The problem is real, according to military insurer the United Services Automobile Association (USAA).