What about personal safety while driving?

Harassment, and actual attacks on drivers, are relatively rare, but they do happen.

To stay safe follow these guidelines:

  • never leave your keys in the ignition whilst you are out of the car, keep the doors locked when driving and valuables out of sight;
  • only open the window a little bit if someone wants to talk to you as then they can’t reach in and open the door;
  • make sure your car is regularly serviced and that you know the number to call if you break down or have an accident;
  • if you break down stay in your car while you wait for help except if you are on the hard shoulder of a motorway in which case wait behind the barrier although you should keep the front passenger door open should you need to get in quickly;
  • if you feel threatened make a note of the type of car and its registration number;
  • avoid using poorly-lit car parks. If parking in the daytime imagine what the car park will be like if you come back in the dark;
  • reverse into the parking space and when you return check the rear seats before you get into the car;
  • finally, it is always a good idea to plan your journey carefully and let other people know where you are going and when you expect to arrive.
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