In dire situations the concept of critical thinking is of utmost importance. Everyone has the ability to think strategically.
We all experience in times of push to have to think quickly. Critical thinking is about making a decision based on the best possible outcome. While driving we face this decision daily. We are constantly in the position of making quick decisions for our own safety and this is a great training for other events.
Critical thinking is about being strategic in our choices. And even though people find it easy to criticise a decision after the fact, this is not a fair estimate because any situation viewed in hindsight is easy to see the situation in a different light.
Critical thinking is about on the spot decision making and everyone can do it. But most importantly never doubt the choice you make but rather accept it as the best possible decision at the time.