ADVICE FOR WOMAN DRIVING ALONE AT NIGHT
It’s smart to be on the lookout for trouble. Most crimes involving female drivers occur when they are heading to or away from their cars – particularly in parking lots.
A simple lapse of caution such as failing to lock your car door before starting your engine is an ideal opportunity for a desperate aggressor to swiftly approach your vehicle from the blind spot in your view mirror, open your door, pull you from the vehicle, or enter from the passenger side.
- PLAN YOUR TRIP
You should be sure to plan your trip and keep to well know areas. Do not drive in the dark, if you not familiar with the surroundings. Always make sure someone knows where you are going and what time you expect to arrive. Make sure most importantly your phone is fully charged.
- BE ALERT!!!
Don’t stop for a hitch hiker. Park in a well-lit parking area instead of somewhere dodgy. Always be alert for suspicious activity. If your vehicle has broken down and someone approaches your car, stay inside with the doors locked; open the window only slightly to speak to them.
- VEHICLE MAINTENANCE
Keep your car in good mechanical condition and have it serviced regularly. You should also have your car checked if you are driving alone. Get into the habit of filling your tank when it’s have empty rather than waiting for the warning lights.
Check tyre condition and pressure regularly. Get damaged or excessively worn tyres renewed, and don’t forget to check the spare.
- DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE
Not only does it distract you from driving and is likely to cause an accident, but you will also be unaware of what’s happening around you, and may not notice smash-and-grabbers or someone following you, for example.
The best way to minimize your chances of becoming a target Is to be cautions at all times, be aware of your surroundings, look out for anything out of the ordinary or suspicious, and practice safe driving behaviours