Know how to be safe when driving alone? Yes, and you immediately give yourself an A+ because you shouted out loud: “Wear your seatbelt,” and startled the driver in the adjacent lane who was thinking about dialing 911. There is no question that in today’s confused society, security and safety should be your paramount concern; especially women driving alone. That said here are some tips you may already know plus a few clever ones you don’t and should never forget.
Tip #1 – How’s that ten year old car holding up for you? Is it in good working order? If you’re traveling a long distance maybe you need a good used engine. That red light that keeps staying on could be a sign of trouble, so get it checked out, load up with gas, pack at least two gallons of water in your trunk as well as an emergency kit and blanket and one of those cool LED flashlights. Make sure all your doors lock.
Tip #2 – Study your maps before leaving if your destination is new to you. Let family and friends know your travel route. Don’t forget your iPhone, cell phone, and charger or whatever you use. Put a pocket knife and a can of Wildfire pepper spray in the glove box for easy access.
Tip #3 – You may be aware of stories about lone drivers, often women, who have been attacked while driving; ergo flashing lights may not be legitimate. Any person can rig a car with police strobe lights plus a fake badge and uniform. If you feel you’ve done nothing wrong, don’t stop. Dial 911, drive to a hospital, open business, or park in a lighted house driveway, honk your horn and lock your doors. This ploy may save your life and a real police person will understand.
Tip #4 – This may seem an overkill but buy a small, cheap, water pistol, fill it with BLEACH, and keep in handy at all times meaning in your pocket or front seat. Nothing will put an attacker out-of-action quicker that a face-full of bleach.
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