Safety tips for driv­ing alone

Lesotho Times - - Motoring -

ALL mo­torists need to be care­ful on the road, but fe­male driv­ers are more at risk when driv­ing on their own, es­pe­cially at night.

Be­low are some travel tips to help you stay safe when driv­ing alone:

1. Plan your route ahead of time Know­ing where you’re go­ing will not only cut down on trav­el­ling time, but it will en­sure you don’t get lost.

Al­ways alert some­one when you are depart­ing and give them an es­ti­mated time of ar­rival. Make sure to in­clude all the de­tails of your trip in­clud­ing any stops you may make along the way.

2. En­sure you have enough fuel to get you to your des­ti­na­tion

3. Check your ve­hi­cle’s ba­sic safety fea­tures be­fore depart­ing make sure that your lights and haz­ards are work­ing prop­erly, and that your tyres are cor­rectly in­flated and in good con­di­tion.

4. Avoid driv­ing on un­marked routes and back roads at night

5. Keep a safe dis­tance from the car ahead of you at in­ter­sec­tions this makes it eas­ier to pull away and check your blind spots for po­ten­tial hi­jack­ers ap­proach­ing you.

6. Take note of land­marks and be aware of your sur­round­ings this al­lows you to ex­plain to some­one where you are, should you get lost.

7. En­sure your ve­hi­cle is locked at all times

Many ve­hi­cles have self-lock­ing doors which is very handy, and make sure your win­dows are not open all the way down, es­pe­cially when you ap­proach in­ter­sec­tions. 8. Be wary about of­fer­ing rides to hitch­hik­ers

Un­for­tu­nately, we live in a coun- try that doesn’t al­low us to be ‘good Sa­mar­i­tans’.

9. Do not text and drive Not only does it dis­tract you from driv­ing and is likely to cause an ac­ci­dent, but you will also be un­aware of what is hap­pen­ing around you, and may not no­tice smash-and-grab­bers, for ex­am­ple.

10. Do not leave your hand­bag and any other valu­able items such as a lap­top on your pas­sen­ger seat

Rather put them in your boot. Leav­ing them in view of passers-by makes you a big tar­get for smash-and-grabs.

Do not text and drive. Not only does it dis­tract you from driv­ing and is likely to cause an ac­ci­dent, but you will also be un­aware of what is hap­pen­ing around you, and may not no­tice smash-and-grab­bers

11. Make sure your cell phone is charged, or buy a car charger

12. Have two or three close fam­ily mem­bers or friends read­ily on speed dial, to avoid de­lays in panic sit­u­a­tions 13. Lastly, do not as­sume that an un­marked ve­hi­cle with flash­ing lights is a po­lice car

If you are not sure and a sus­pi­cious look­ing ‘po­lice ve­hi­cle’ tries to pull you over, keep on driv­ing with your haz­ards on un­til you can pull over in a well-lit area such as a fuel sta­tion or at the near­est po­lice sta­tion.

All mo­torists need to be care­ful on the road, but fe­male driv­ers are more at risk when driv­ing on their own, es­pe­cially at night.

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