Women who drive alone and those who drive at night need to pay close attention to the following tips. No matter how confident you are, stay alert at all times. Below are tips to keep you safe when driving after dark.
- Keep your car maintained. Follow the car’s mechanical service schedules and be rigorous about getting it to the dealership for service.
- Check interior of car before entering.
- Lock car doors, always.
- Keep windows up, and do not lower for strangers.
- Park with safety in mind. At night, park in a well-lit garage or lot with an attendant.
- So, be sure to carry your cell phone at all times and if you are using a stand-alone GPS – remove this device with you at the end of the day. You do not want would-be thieves taking this, nor accessing your home address.
- If you feel you are in potential danger, honk the car’s horn.
- Be confident and create eye contact with people.
- Hold keys firmly in your hand – do not wait to get to your car to access your handbag to get your keys.
- Keep handbag close by your side, drape it around your neck or leave it at home.
- Keep gas tank filled at least half way.
Did You Know?
According to the US Auto theft statistics, there were 697,979 vehicle thefts nationwide in 2013. And according to the FBI, a motor vehicle is stolen every 44 seconds in our country.
Additionally, The National Insurance Crime Bureau states that, in general, older models of cars are more often stolen than more recent ones and thefts of generally occur at night.
Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and use a built-in GPS feature, like Google Maps. The GPS feature can guide your where you need to be and severely lessens your chances of getting lost while visiting an unfamiliar place.