TIPS FOR PERSONAL SAFETY WHEN TRAVELLING ALONE
- Scan your vehicle, look in the back seat before you get in.
- If you drive a two door vehicle, flip the passenger seat ahead when you leave the vehicle. If someone has entered the car, the seat is often moved to provide the bad guy more cover.
- Pick your parking spot carefully. At night, park under lights and reduce the distance you will have to walk to your car. If you are concerned, don't walk to your car alone.
- Have your vehicle keys ready prior to walking to your vehicle. Put the key between your fingers to use as a weapon if you are attacked.
- When you get into your vehicle, lock all doors.
- Do not leave any keys in the vehicle.
- When you move into a new house or apartment, change all the locks and get new keys.
- Carry a cell phone for emergencies.
Tips if your vehicle breaks down:
- Highway Help sign is recommended.
- Pull the vehicle completely off the road and lock your doors.
- Turn on your emergency flashers.
- Roll driver's window down half way and hook the Highway Help sign on the window and roll the window up.
- Open the rest of the windows ½ " for ventilation.
- Remain in the vehicle until police assistance arrives.
- Passing motorists can see the sign from both directions and it is visible at night, in rain and snow.
- When you see a sign in use, do NOT stop. Call police with a description and location of the stranded vehicle. Police will respond to the stranded vehicle.
Tips for Winter Trips:
- Ensure your vehicle is mechanically prepared for a trip eg. Battery is charged, lights and brakes are working; wipers and anti freeze levels are appropriate; everything is in good working order.
- Check your directions and weather forecasts.
- Let someone know your intended route and when you plan to arrive.
- Ensure you can see clearly by cleaning snow from the roof, hood, windows and lights of your car.
Pack a Smart Driver's kit:
- Kitty litter
- Ice Scraper and snowbrush
- Extra clothing, blanket, first aid kit
- If you get stuck in snow, always clear snow from around your tailpipe before starting to dig out to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.