The common question of who is the safest driver on the roads is one that is always argued about. In most cases, it is posed with driver behaviour in mind and not so much with the consideration of vulnerability of lurking dangers. Various statistics could indicate that women are safer on the road as they are less likely to be in road accidents; however they are more susceptible to be preyed on – especially when driving alone.
With all these hazards on the road – carjacking, abductions, preying criminals and police impersonators – as a women traveling alone, it’s very likely for you to fall prey to such dangers. Here are some few tips to consider when traveling alone:
- Plan your trips– make sure you mapped out the route you’re traveling on to avoid getting lost or having to stop in awkward places. Don’t drive in the dark if you are not familiar with the surroundings. It is also a good habit to always let someone know of your whereabouts to ensure your own safety should you need help sent to you.
- Make use of technology– install a personal safety app such as the MiWay App on your phone in case you need emergency assistance while traveling alone. Make sure your phone is charged as you will need it to get help should anything happen to you.
- Always be alert – take note of your surroundings. When parking, always park in a well-lit parking area with frequent movement from other shoppers or security personnel. Don’t linger around in your car at any time – this makes you vulnerable to predators. It is also wise to be conscious and aware of landmarks as it may come in handy should you need to inform someone of your whereabouts.
- Keep your car well maintained – a well maintained car is less likely to break down or give you problems. Keep your car in good mechanical condition and have it serviced regularly, especially if you frequently drive alone. It will also be wise to learn how to do some DIY maintenance like changing a tyre. Also, sure your car insurance covers you for road side assistance.
- Don’t stop for just anyone – with all the lurking dangers, you simply can’t just trust anyone. Be aware of police impersonators, hitchhikers and “stranded motorists”. If a police vehicle tries to pull you over and you feel unsafe, acknowledge them and indicate that you wish to be followed and follow the correct protocol. Don’t ever assume that an unmarked vehicle with flashing lights is a police car.
- Fill up– make sure you have enough fuel to get to your destination. You don’t want to be making random stops at gas stations while preying criminals are lurking.
- Keep your valuables out of sight– the last thing you want is to attract chancers and becoming a smash-and-grab Don’t leave your handbag, purse, phone etc. in plain sight as this will make you more of a target.
While keeping in mind these safety tips, be weary of the common distractions that could also leave you more vulnerable and open to preying criminals. Remember to always keep a safe following distance to allow yourself opportunity to escape should danger arise. Keep your doors locked at all times and arrive alive!