- Always divide your keys into three groups - Vehicle
keys, Office keys, and Home keys. This way you will not be
fumbling around with a bunch of keys. If one set are stolen,
you can still get in your car or home.
- Always have your keys out and ready when approaching
- Use remote keyless entry if you have it. Only unlock the
- Immediately lock your doors and start your car before
doing anything else.
- Take a wide approach and look around, under, behind, and
in your car before opening the door and getting in.
- Donít focus solely on your car, remember to pay
attention to your surroundings also.
- Keep your cell phone handy.
- Consider installing a hidden kill switch.
- Play the what if game - If you abducted and placed
in the trunk of your vehicle, make sure you can open your trunk
from the inside. Hide items you can use for self defense in
your trunk. ie. Flashlight, a knife, a handcuff key, a can
of pepper spray, a firearm if practical. A cheap pre-paid
cell phone or handheld CB radio could be a life saver. Donít
forget improvised weapons Ė ie. a tire iron or screwdriver.
- If itís in your budget, consider a vehicle with a Lojack
- Also, if in your budget, get a vehicle equipped with a
service such as On-Star.
- Donít get killed for your vehicle. Let the car jacker
have it. A remote or timed kill switch will ruin his day
(the kill switch is for the car, not the thief).
- If involved in a crash, stay in your car until police
- Keep your fuel tank over half full
- Keep purses, wallets, packages, CDís, and other
valuables out of sight
- Vary your routes and time of travel
Always have a backup plan. Plan a secondary route to travel
in case there is a major accident or construction tie-up on
your usual route.
- Avoid poorly lighted or deserted areas
- In the winter months
Carry a good, sturdy ice scraper in your car or
- Consider using de-icing spray for your windows
Carry a dry, waterproof pair of boots in your trunk. Pack an
extra pair of warm gloves, scarf, hat, and a jacket as well.
If you have to change a flat, or go for help, having the
proper clothing can help prevent, injuries, accidents, or
illness, in frigid weather.
- Learn and use the SMITH driving system.
- Keep enough distance between you and other cars so you
can easily maneuver. Keep at least one car length between
you and the car in front of you when at a stop.
- Never Ever pick up hitchhikers or offer a ride to a
- If you think you are being followed, make four right
turns. If still being followed, go directly to a police
station or find a police car on the road. Get their
attention if you have to, honk your horn and flash your
- Be a polite driver. Don't get angry.
- Defusing Road Rage - the best way
to avoid being the target of an aggressive driver is to
practice basic traffic courtesy
Use your horn sparingly.
Don't block passing lanes.
Don't switch lanes without
Avoid blocking the right-hand
If you travel slowly, pull over
and allow traffic to pass.
Avoid unnecessary use of
No matter how provoked, don't
make obscene gestures.
Don't let the car phone
Assume other drivers' mistakes
are not personal. Be polite and courteous, even if the
other driver isn't. Avoid all conflict if possible. If
another driver challenges you, take a deep breath and
get out of the way.