Driving alone, particularly during dark winter evenings, has certain risks associated with it. Try to follow these simple tips to stay safe.
- If you anticipate working late park your car in an area that is lit by security lights is is likely to have high levels of pedestrian traffic.
- On approaching your vehicle have your car keys ready in your hand.
- Check the rear seats and the floor before getting into your car.
- Ensure that you have sufficient fuel for your journey and that your car is regularly maintained.
- Always carry some cash.
- Keep the doors locked and the windows fully closed, particularly in slow moving traffic.
- Do not leave valuables on the seat beside you. Use the glove compartment or place them on the floor. Be extra alert at all junctions, stop signs, traffic lights and in slow moving traffic.
- Never pick up hitch-hikers.
- Do not stop if you feel you are being followed by another vehicle. Drive to a public place and raise the alarm.
- When parking, reverse into the bay so you can pull away quickly and easily.
- Never leave the keys in the ignition, even when you are away from the car for just a few minutes.
- Avoid taking shortcuts along dark alleys, parks or wasteland. Keep to the middle of the pavement away from car doors and hedges. Use only well lit, busy roads.
- Always carry a personal attack alarm or mobile phone. Carry your alarm or phone in your hand or secure it to your person ensuring it is easily accessible/operable.
- Consider car sharing with a neighbour or work colleague so that you don't have to travel alone.
- Let someone know what time you expect to be home.
- Do not hitch-hike or accept lifts from strangers.
This page was last updated on 12-Aug-2010 16:49:50 BST