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What are some safety tips for women who drive alone?

Whether you are traveling to work or taking a trip, each time you use your car you should keep safety in mind.

  • When walking to your car, have your keys ready.
  • Check both the interior and exterior of your car before you get in. Keep your doors and windows locked.
  • Keep your car well maintained and drive with at least half a tank of gas.
  • If your car breaks down, place a “CALL POLICE” sign in your rear window, and lock yourself in your car. Do not raise the hood of your car. Never give anyone access to your car. Talk through a slightly open window.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Be alert to vehicles or people following you into a garage. LEAVE if you feel uncomfortable. Sound your horn if you cannot leave.
  • If you think someone may be following you try to get the licence number and drive to the nearest police station, restaurant, or service station, and call the police. Do not get out of your car before this. Blow your horn to attract attention, if necessary.
  • Lock parcels and luggage in the trunk. Keep your purse out of sight. Never leave anything in the car, which identifies your name and address.
  • Park near the exit or in well lit areas of parking garages. Do not use unlit lots.
  • When you are traveling, be sure someone knows your exact route and keep in touch by phone.

These tips are a compilation of information received from a variety of law enforcement agencies and women’s groups.

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