Vehicle Safety while Driving
Even while you are in your vehicle, there are possible security risks.
Particularly, parking garages and lots can be dangerous places; it is important to be cautious while approaching and exiting your vehicle.
Important tips to consider before, during and after driving:
- Carry your car keys when approaching your vehicle so that you can enter your car quickly. If you see someone loitering near your car, don't stop; walk to an area where there are other people. If you use a keyless entry remote, do not unlock your doors until you can see your vehicle.
- Try not to walk close to other parked vehicles and stay in the center of the access way. Try to walk against the direction of traffic.
- Travel and park on well-lighted streets.
- Keep your doors locked and windows closed.
- Always carry your cellular telephone.
- Keep packages, purses, and valuable items in the trunk of your car or out of view.
- Be aware of your surroundings before you get out of your vehicle. Have your whistle handy to summon help if necessary.
- When stopping in traffic, leave enough distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you that you can pull away quickly if necessary.
- If involved in an accident, call the police.
- Be extra cautious if someone approaches your car.
- When returning home at night, call ahead and ask someone to watch for you while you walk from your car to your residence.
- If you are confronted by someone or pulled from your vehicle while you are stopped, cooperate and move away quickly.