Driving and Travelling Alone

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Safety Guidelines for Solo Car Journeys

1. Introduction: Recognizing the Need for Safety During Solo Car Travel

Raising Awareness of Vulnerabilities

While the risk of incidents during solo car journeys is relatively low, recent national events have shed light on potential dangers. Every individual should exercise caution despite the care they take while driving alone. This guide provides practical guidance to reduce possible risks.

2. Best Practices for Solo Car Travel

Reducing Risks During Solo Car Journeys

  • Secure Your Vehicle: Always keep windows closed and doors locked, especially when driving alone at night or in isolated areas.
  • Stranger Danger: Never give lifts to strangers (e.g., hitchhikers) or accept rides from unfamiliar individuals. Be aware of what to do if you encounter such a situation.
  • Assessing Assistance: When someone tries to flag you down or you witness an incident, assess the situation's safety before intervening. Reporting the incident at the nearest phone box or garage may be safer and more practical.
  • Dealing with Pursuit: If you suspect you're being followed, remain calm and drive to a busy location like a garage or police station where help is available. Use your horn if necessary to attract attention.
  • Interaction Caution: If someone approaches your vehicle, it's advisable to ignore them and avoid eye contact.
  • Unexpected Stops: If a vehicle forces you to stop, never turn off your engine. Reverse safely while keeping doors and windows locked. Use your horn to draw attention if needed.
  • Parking Precautions: When parking, consider the area's safety, both in daylight and at night. Park near streetlights and as close to your destination as possible. Conceal valuables in the boot, avoid leaving your car unlocked, and always have your door key ready when returning to your vehicle.

3. Staying Alert During Long Journeys

Minimizing Risks on Long Car Journeys

Driving for extended periods can increase the risk of accidents. Whether on foot or using public transport, staying vigilant and aware of your surroundings is crucial. Follow these safety guidelines:

  • Safe Travel Routes: Stick to busy, well-lit roads and avoid poorly lit or quiet areas, especially underpasses.
  • Carry Valuables: Avoid carrying excessive cash or expensive jewellery while traveling.
  • Public Transport Awareness: When using public transport, sit near the driver on a driver-only bus or stay downstairs.
  • Choose Safe Stops: Wait for public transport at well-lit, busy stops or near the relevant activity area, like a late-opening shop or garage. Keep your fare ready and separate from other valuables.
  • Avoid Distractions: Be cautious when using your phone, as distractions can hinder your awareness of surrounding risks.
  • Manage Heavy Bags: Refrain from carrying heavy bags that could limit your awareness of your surroundings.