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Monday, March 8, 2010

Edition 11: Safe Driving Tips

It is a but an accepted fact that all drivers need to be careful while on the steering, but female drivers, whatever their age, have to be doubly vigilant to avoid becoming victims of crimes while driving. These include carjacking, sexual assault, robbery and worse. The issue of safe driving is also a part of the problem. Fortunately, there are some wasy you can can use to be safe while getting from here to there.
 The first thing to remembr is about the road ragers. The primary rule is : don't engage! Experts say don't even look at someone who's trying to get your attention in an angry way. Just drive on or turn. The worst thing you can do is get into a fight. It never leads to anything good. Don't get your ego involved Engaging with another driver can not only prove dangerous to your health and wellbeing but it distracts a driver for a split second or longer. The entire event could adversely affect your driving for the rest of the day.
 Keep your sound system at a reasonable volume when driving in cities and neighborhoods, and don't space out or check your text messages at every stoplight. Carjackers and robbers rely on the element of surprise, so if you're keeping eyes and ears alert to what's going on outside your vehicle, bad guys don't have a chance to sneak up on you.
This will also ensure that you hear horns and cries from the vehciles passing by your side. Even if you want to check the message or take an urgent call on your handset, take the vehicle to the side of the road.
 You wouldn't leave your front door unlocked and your windows open at home, then why should you that of car? Take the habit of securing your car the same way. Keep doors locked when you're driving, and windows raised. If anyone approaches your window asking for directions or money in slow or stopped traffic, take a quick glance around your vehicle to make sure you're not being distracted by one half of a team. Crack the window an inch or two instead of opening it all the way if you decide to speak to a stranger.
 When shopping, put your money away at the cash register, walk with purpose to your car and don't accept "help" from strangers. Have your keys out and be ready to open your vehicle and secure packages, get in the car, close and lock the door and drive away. Don't approach your vehicle if a van or other large vehicle that wasn't there before is parked next to it. Find a security guard to walk you to your car. If a security guard isn't available, look for a nearby couple and ask for an escort.
 There are instances when someone comes to the owner of vehicle pointing his attention to a fallen note on the road or some garbage on the shirt. This is an ideal plot for many thieves and is mostly seen outside the banks.
 If a person comes to you and asked you to take off the jewelleries by any pretext, do not heed. Keep driving and if you are forced to stop, stop only in a well-lit, populated area. Do not get out of your car or off your bike. Crack the window, ask to person's ID and pay close attention to his clothes---are they worn? Do they match? If not, put up your window, drive away and call 100.
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Enjoy Travelling With Some Care
It is a but an accepted fact that all drivers need to be careful while on the steering, but female drivers, whatever their age, have to be doubly vigilant to avoid becoming victims of crimes while driving. These include carjacking, sexual assault, robbery and worse. The issue of safe driving is also a part of the problem. Fortunately, there are some wasy you can can use to be safe while getting from here to there.
 The first thing to remembr is about the road ragers. The primary rule is : don't engage! Experts say don't even look at someone who's trying to get your attention in an angry way. Just drive on or turn. The worst thing you can do is get into a fight. It never leads to anything good. Don't get your ego involved Engaging with another driver can not only prove dangerous to your health and wellbeing but it distracts a driver for a split second or longer. The entire event could adversely affect your driving for the rest of the day.
 Keep your sound system at a reasonable volume when driving in cities and neighborhoods, and don't space out or check your text messages at every stoplight. Carjackers and robbers rely on the element of surprise, so if you're keeping eyes and ears alert to what's going on outside your vehicle, bad guys don't have a chance to sneak up on you.
This will also ensure that you hear horns and cries from the vehciles passing by your side. Even if you want to check the message or take an urgent call on your handset, take the vehicle to the side of the road.
 You wouldn't leave your front door unlocked and your windows open at home, then why should you that of car? Take the habit of securing your car the same way. Keep doors locked when you're driving, and windows raised. If anyone approaches your window asking for directions or money in slow or stopped traffic, take a quick glance around your vehicle to make sure you're not being distracted by one half of a team. Crack the window an inch or two instead of opening it all the way if you decide to speak to a stranger.
 When shopping, put your money away at the cash register, walk with purpose to your car and don't accept "help" from strangers. Have your keys out and be ready to open your vehicle and secure packages, get in the car, close and lock the door and drive away. Don't approach your vehicle if a van or other large vehicle that wasn't there before is parked next to it. Find a security guard to walk you to your car. If a security guard isn't available, look for a nearby couple and ask for an escort.
 There are instances when someone comes to the owner of vehicle pointing his attention to a fallen note on the road or some garbage on the shirt. This is an ideal plot for many thieves and is mostly seen outside the banks.
 If a person comes to you and asked you to take off the jewelleries by any pretext, do not heed. Keep driving and if you are forced to stop, stop only in a well-lit, populated area. Do not get out of your car or off your bike. Crack the window, ask to person's ID and pay close attention to his clothes---are they worn? Do they match? If not, put up your window, drive away and call 100.

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