- Car Safety & Safe Driving
Safety Tips for Women Drivers
Women Drivers Likely Targets
Women drivers are often targets for car crimes as they are seen are more vulnerable. Many women fall victim because they are unaware that some things they do behind the wheel make them easily vulnerable. However, it is possible to avoid situations that make one vulnerable as easy prey.
1. Choose a safer parking spot
The area where one parks a car could spell a difference. There are spots that make you vulnerable to an carnapper. If possible, choose a parking spot a a pay counter or where parking guards frequent. Avoid parking spots located on the far end of the building. Avoid spots that are located in the darker part of the parking area. Parking basements are not recommended but park in a place where there is high visibility like near the elevator.
2. Do not stay inside your car unnecessarily.
Once parked avoid staying inside the parked car unnecessarily. Women often have a habit of doing their last minute make-up or do some things in their phones before getting off a car. It is easy prey for carnappers to hold one hostage when a driver is inside the car. It is easy for them to poke a gun in the window when one is inside the car.
If you need to stay inside the car for some reason, make it in the least noticeable way. Do not turn on your interior lights, nor roll down your windows, or turn on your radio. In short, even if you happen to stay a bit longer inside the car, make it less noticeable. Note that it is not possible for the park guards to monitor everything that goes on in the area so make sure to be safe.
3. Be aware of the surroundings before unlocking the doors to get off.
Before unlocking your car doors to get off, check out the rear, sides (both driver and passenger and front if there is someone lurking. Carnappers who lurk waiting for them to open their doors. They can easily get in while you are still inside.
Checkout also the cars beside you, is it a closed van with tinted windows? Are there people inside it? If there are and it looks suspicious, drive away. A parked car with two or more criminals waiting for you can easily shove you inside. Much better, move to another safer parking. It is better to be safe that sorry.
4. Do not talk to strangers or roll down your windows.
As you are preparing to leave your car, do not open your window or even talk to approaching strangers in parking areas no matter how interesting they look or how good their offers might be. Also, criminals know that women easily let down their defenses in the presence of a pleasant-looking male. Some would pretend to sell off products like perfumes that contain chemicals to make you pass out.
Be on guard at all times and do not let looks deceive you. Gone are the days when carnappers look like, well, criminals. In many instances they would pretend to look like respectable professionals, doctors, lawyers, models, tidy gentlemen and yes, even religious persons. Take note also that these also use females as accomplices.
5. Do not loiter inside a parked vehicle
After turning off the engine, check out nearby surroundings. After making sure that it is safe to get out of the car, that is when one can unlock the car doors and make a swift move to alight the vehicle while still keeping a lookout of immediate vicinity. Make an effort to leave immediately and walk fast while making sure no one is trailing close.
6. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Awareness of your surroundings will contribute greatly to avoid a compromising situation not only with carnappers but also for other crimes. Be vigilant is someone is following you from behind closely. As you walk towards your parked car, look around for any unusual persons or activities that could possible alert you. Be on the lookout always and don't text, make a call or fumble for the keys in your bag on your way to your parked car. Any diversion is an opportunity for anyone to make you a victim for their criminal designs.
Your car keys must be ready in hand as you approach your car. This will not only make for a faster escape by getting in the car fast. It will be easier if a carnapper appears out of nowhere and asks for the car keys. Don't give a fight because 99% of the time, they are armed. If your keys are in hand you can easily throw them at a distance and get that window to flee to the nearest safety. Always remember that life is much more important than your vehicle.
7. Load your shopping bags fast.
If you have done some shopping and need to load them, make sure to look around your parked car as you are approaching it and don't take too much time loading your stuff. This is a perfect opportunity for carnappers to actually get in your car while your are busy loading. Enter your car immediately after loading, and once inside, LOCK all doors and windows fast, start off the engine and drive off.
8. Avoid taking a nap inside a parked car
Refrain from taking a nap inside a parked car. Being asleep makes one vulnerable. Much more if one sleeps inside while keeping the windows open. This habit will only make one vulnerable. Apart from this, gas fumes from a car running on idle mode is also dangerous.
9. In emergency cases, try to ask for help
It could happen that there is someone already inside the car and a driver has to make a decision to increase one's chances of survival. If it is possible, do not drive off with the perpetrator to another location because doing makes one more vulnerable to escape the abductor. If in this situation, do something to get as much attention to yourself. If possible one can blow the car horn to attract the attention of people in the area who can then call for help.
10. Increase chances of getting out
To ensure that in emergency cases, you would still be able to track your car, install a reliable GPS so authorities can possibly locate a vehicle. Also, one can install a hidden camera to record evidence that will be useful for investigation later on.
It is advisable for women to learn self-defense in order to break free from a sticky situation. It is also good to inform a family member or a friend about your whereabouts at any given time and give details as to when you are supposed to arrive at a destination to ensure that there is someone who knows and can alert the police in case you fail to arrive safely. Finally, be alert and aware of what is going on in the environment at all times.
Never text and drive
© 2013 Gei Moore