1.  Always start your travels with a full tank of gas, make sure your vehicle is in top working condition, and check that you have a good spare tire.

2.  Know where local, city and state police stations are located on your route.

3.  Keep an emergency kit in your car and make sure, at the minimum, it contains an emergency flashlight that does not require batteries, a reflector, jumper cables, tie down cords, a poncho, first aid kit, multi-purpose tool, emergency blanket, compass and water.

4.  Have an emergency escape hammer in your car that is within reach of the driver's seat. Tens of thousands of people are trapped in their vehicles every year from collisions or from being submerged in water. A seat belt can easily become jammed during an accident and you will be unable to release it in the normal way or your door may be jammed shut with your airbag pressed so tightly up against you that you are momentarily unable to move.

Suppose that your fuel tank has ruptured and your car is on fire or about to burst into flames. An escape tool can save your life. You need to be able to get to it quickly, which is why you should place it within easy reach. A good escape tool can cut a seat belt, deflate an airbag, and bust out the side window.

5.  Park in well lit areas with moderate pedestrian traffic and always remember where you parked. Mark the car’s location on google map.

6.  When possible, back your car into parking spaces because it is quicker if you have to get away.

7.  Always lock your car after entering it and leaving it.

8.  Never leave keys in the ignition, even for a momentary errand.

9.  Carry a spare set of keys.

10.  Carry a pepper spray device that attaches to your key chain.

11.  If you break down or have trouble with your car, pull off the road, activate your emergency flashers, and immediately call for help with your cell phone. Remain in the car with its windows up and doors locked until you are absolutely positive that it is safe to exit the vehicle, in which case you would leave your hood up and place an emergency reflector ten to fifteen feet behind your car and get back in it until help arrives.

12.  If you are being harassed by anyone in another vehicle or you feel you are being followed, use your cell phone to report the incident, and drive to the nearest populated service station, mall or police station, and honk your horn for help.

13.  Never pick up hitchhikers or give strangers a ride.

14.  You can become a victim of a carjacking nearly anywhere. Carjackers, however, are more likely to attack a motorist at common stopping points such as stop signs, traffic lights, parking lots, gas stations, rest areas, restaurants, and fast food drive-throughs. Most car jackings take place on weekends between 7 and 12 pm.

15.  One of the best defenses against a carjacking is to keep your windows up and doors locked. After getting into your car, lock the doors immediately. Should someone attempt to order you out of your vehicle, put it in gear and drive away as fast as possible.

16.  Should someone attempt to carjack your vehicle while you are getting in or out of it, throw your keys in one direction and run in the other direction. Just like money or valuables, if they come after you instead of the car, then you will know it was you they were really after to start with and you need to do whatever it takes to not be taken hostage.

17.  Should someone attempt to get into your car while you are in it and you cannot speed away, throw your keys out of the car, or in the back seat and climb out the opposite side they are trying to get in. Then, run like lighting while screaming at the top of your lungs.

18.  When leaving any area, make sure you are not being followed. Car bump lures and home invasions are one of the fastest growing crimes in this country and most involve being followed home from a shopping center after being targeted for your valuables or looks.

19.  Avoiding a car-jacking. Lock all doors and keep windows up when driving. Most car-jackings take place when vehicles are stopped at intersections. The criminals approach at a 45-degree angle (in the blind spot), and either pull you out of the driver’s seat or jump in the passenger’s seat.

20.  Keep your central lock on at all times while driving, so that any undesirable element cannot get into your car while you are driving.

21.  Always lock your car, even if it’s in your own driveway; never leave your motor running.

22.  Do everything you can to keep a stranger from getting into your car or to keep a stranger from forcing you into his or her car.

23.  Getting into the attacker's car when he pulls a gun and orders you to get into his vehicle. Most attackers don't want to shoot you, they want you to get into the car so that they can drive you to a deserted place and torture you. Don't comply. Run screaming. It is more likely that he will just move on to an easier target.

24.  Pulling over when a man drives alongside of you pointing at your car pretending something is wrong. If this happens, drive to the nearest well-lit and populated gas station and look the car over yourself (or ask an attendant). Never pull over. Believe it or not, many women have fallen for this for fear of their car spontaneously exploding in the middle of the road.

25.  Be alert in parking lots. Women are abducted from parking lots. Look in your back seat before entering your car. Cars provide endless hiding places for attackers, both inside them and in between them. Be aware of your surroundings by looking to the left and right and behind you with your head up all the time. You may appear paranoid and look funny to others, but an attacker will think twice about approaching someone who appears so aware of what's going on.


Last modified: Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 9:15 PM