Avoid Being Attacked in Your Vehicle by Watching Out for These 7 Things
Most of us spend a lot of time in our vehicles. Mostly we are driving to and from work, or simply driving around town for shopping, etc. However, you should not take the regularity of the drive for granted. You should be prepared for any threat that may occur in your car. Taking some extra precautions will go a long way in keeping you safe and protect you while you are in your car.
Following are 7 things you can do to minimize the risk of being attacked in your vehicle:
1. Be Careful, Especially in Parking Lots
Most attacks and acts of violence take place in parking lots. So be careful, especially when you have to do shopping late at night. Be aware of your surroundings and park as close to a lamppost as possible. It is also recommended to take a look on the floor as well as in the back seat of your car through the window before getting in.
2. Lock Your Car Doors While Driving
According to many police reports, most attackers enter a vehicle when the driver is at a traffic light (he/she looks the most vulnerable). Therefore, it is recommended that you always lock your doors instantly after entering your vehicle and keep them locked while driving.
3. Don’t Park Next to Large Vans
It’s a very common strategy of attackers to pull their victims into their large vans when the victims are about to enter their vehicle. That’s why you should not park your car next to large vans and if you happen to find one parked next to your car, then get in from passenger side.
4. Park in Well-Lit Areas
It is highly recommended that you park your vehicle in a well-lit and relatively safer area, particularly if you know that your vehicle will be parked there until after dark. Vehicles parked in well-lit areas are less prone to attacks.
5. Don’t Pull Over for Unnecessary Reasons
Never pull over your vehicle instantly if you see someone pointing out that there is something wrong with it. If you have any doubts, then make sure that you safely stop at a well-lit gas station to verify the condition of your car.
6. Watch Out for Traps
Many attackers use drivers’ sympathy and good nature to trap them. They act like they need immediate help in order to make their victims vulnerable. Therefore, it is recommended that you be wary of them asking you for help with their vehicle, even if you feel guilty about it.
7. Be Fully Aware When Parking in Your Garage
A garage at home presents many opportunities to attackers and thieves, because they can get you, your car, as well as your home all in one entrance. Therefore, it is recommended that you remain fully aware of your surroundings when pulling into your garage.
Attacks on drivers while they are in their vehicles are unfortunate circumstances. But if you are careful and take some precautionary steps, you can prevent any irreparable harm from coming to you.
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