I will say this again. The cars concerned had the moronic pushbutton start,, which you have to hold down for a number of seconds to turn the engine off. Not a good situation for a panic stop. You can drive through a LOT of scenery waiting 3-5 sec.
Obviously putting the car in neutral would be smarter though many cars are decidedly difficult to do that in too. You do have to look.
What is the attraction to these stupid switches? They make no sense to me. Nor does carrying a key in your pocket when you are driving.
Plain commonsense and practicality is totally denied. And turning the key off is a damn site easier in a panic ,,, providing you don't turn to far. Though most modern cars are fairly good in that respect these days.
A friend who drives an upmarket Euro [brand withheld as he is arguing with the dealer] had the wonderful feeling recently as he walked through a car park another car similar [but not the same model] opened up as he walked near it. And that make could be counted in the dozens in Adelaide, not the thousands as the popular makes are.
I have said this before too. Standardisation of controls is important. Ignition key in the same location, turn signals and wipers too. And standardising heat and ventilation would be great too. But instead everyone has to reinvent the wheel and put controls all over the shop. On many occasions I have had to stop to work them out driving a different car. And stopping in fog to try and work out the demister is hardly a great idea. Even the damned radios are near impossible at times.