Tips for a Safe Trip Home
The holiday season is wrapping up, and many of us are hitting the road. It’s been a busy few weeks, and now all that’s left is the long trip home, unpacking, and taking down all the decorations. In a couple days, we’ll be back to our normal lives. What is important not to overlook on your trip home is travel safety. We may think that road rage, carjacking, or other safety concerns only happen in the movies or to other people. The truth is, though, it can happen to any one at any time. The good news is that there are some basic precautions you can take to help minimize your risk during your post-holiday travels.
General Travel Safety
As a general safety precaution, always drive with your doors locked. If on a road with frequent stoplights, stop signs, or heavy traffic, roll your windows up. Whenever your car is stationary, it becomes vulnerable. Keep enough distance between the cars around you to allow for you to pull away if someone were to begin getting in your car. NEVER pick up hitchhikers – EVER! If you stop somewhere to shop or eat, try to park near the door or underneath a light. While you are travelling, lock any valuables in your trunk so as not to entice intruders. Be smart and think through simple safety measures you can take on a daily basis to keep you safe on the road.
Safety when Provoked
If you do happen to have an encounter where you are being provoked on the road, whether it is a simple nudge on the bumper or a more aggressive act, drive away! Your safety is most important – don’t let your anger cause you to engage in a potentially dangerous situation. Definitely do not roll down your window, but do try to get their license plate, if safely possible. Call the police, and head to a public place or a police station. Especially if you feel you are being followed, do not go to your home. You do not want the aggressor to know where you live. Always head to a safe and busy public location where you can get help.
Safety during Emergency
Depending on the situation, if you find yourself in a fender bender, with a flat tire, or broken down, your safest course of action may be to stay in your car with locked doors. Remember, too, that many cars will automatically unlock when put in park. Call your insurance, the police, roadside assistance, or a friend – whatever is necessary for your circumstances. Do not trust strangers. If someone stops to assist you, ask him to phone for help or go to the nearest service station to let them know you need help. If you feel you are in danger, you should immediately call the police or begin honking your horn to try to ward off any attacker.
Long road trips are hard enough without having to deal with the dangers of road rage and carjacking. To avoid becoming a victim, follow these general safety guidelines, always have a charged cell phone, stay alert, and trust your instincts! If you would like any more information on staying safe once you get home, please visit us today!