Staying safe on the road should be every driver’s top priority. But this means more than just using your turn signals and stopping at the sign. It also means that you need to take precautions against possible incidents – especially if you’re a woman. Criminals see women as easy targets for smash-and-grabs, hijackings, and more. Here are a few ways how you can minimise your risk on the road:
Out of sight, out of mind
Opportunity is not always a good thing, especially if you give that opportunity to a would-be robber. Smash-and-grabbers love targeting women and single drivers, and leaving your valuables in plain sight is basically an open invitation for them to seize the moment – and your handbag. Rather keep your valuables in the boot.
Don’t get stranded
Getting stuck next to the road is nobody’s idea of fun, and it can be downright dangerous! That is why it is always a good idea to have access to emergency roadside assistance. Many car insurance companies offer such services as part of their policy. Make sure you have the number saved on your phone so you can get help as soon as possible.
Girls just wanna have fun
Like Cindy Lauper proclaimed in the 80’s, girls like to let their hair down every once in a while. That is why many car insurance providers now offer a cab service to get you home safely after a night on the town. You can book the cab in advance if you know you might have a glass or two too many, or on the night itself if you feel unsafe driving after the festivities. Even if you must pay a little extra on your monthly premium, the peace of mind is well worth it!
- Always lock your doors and close your windows, especially when driving in built-up areas where there are many stops.
- Keep a large enough space between you and the car in front that you can go past and drive away if you need to.
- Stay vigilant. Be aware of the cars and people around you so you can pick up any suspicious behaviour.
- If you think someone is following you, take a few turns that you wouldn’t normally. If the car is still behind you, drive to the nearest police station.
- Keep your tank full (or at least half) to make sure you never get stuck by the side of the road with an empty tank.
Chat to your insurance provider to see what other benefits they offer to help keep you safe on the road. After all, a little planning goes a long way.