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While Driving

  • Keep your doors locked and your windows closed.
  • Know where you are going. Stop and get directions before you get lost.
  • Avoid driving alone, especially at night and in dangerous areas.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • Drive to the nearest open business and call 911 if anyone is following you. Don't go home.
  • Keep your vehicle in gear when stopped for traffic signals or signs. Try to leave room to drive away if threatened. Be alert for anyone approaching your vehicle.
  • Keep purses and other valuables out of view when driving alone. Put them in the trunk or on the floor.
  • Honk your horn or flash your emergency lights to attract attention if you are threatened while in your vehicle.
  • Stay in your vehicle if you stop to aid others. Find out what the problem is and offer to call or drive to the nearest phone and report the situation.
  • Keep your vehicle in good mechanical condition so it won't break down and leave you stranded on the road. Also keep enough gas in the tank so you won't run out.
  • If your vehicle breaks down or runs out of gas, pull over to the right as far as possible, raise the hood, and call or wait for help. Remain in your vehicle with the doors and windows locked until you can identify any person who comes to help.
  • Be wary of minor rear-end collisions, especially at night on dark freeway off-ramps. Remain in your vehicle with the doors and windows locked if you are uneasy or suspicious. Drive to the nearest open business to check the damage and exchange insurance information.
  • Control your gestures and other reactions to keep “road-rage” incidents from escalating to violence.
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