Safe driv­ing tips for women

Lesotho Times - - Motoring -

AU­GUST is African Women’s Month, and the AA gives tips for stay­ing safe when trav­el­ling on the roads.the As­so­ci­a­tion said that while women are still, un­for­tu­nately, seen as easy tar­gets for crim­i­nals, there are ways in which they can min­imise their risk while on the road. some tips to con­sider while driv­ing (alone or with chil­dren):

Firstly, al­ways ad­here to the rules of the road and buckle up. This in­cludes putting chil­dren in age-ap­pro­pri­ate baby or car seats, and en­sur­ing all pas­sen­gers are also strapped in.

Keep your hand­bag, com­puter and other valu­ables in the boot of the car, not on the front or back pas­sen­ger seats where they can eas­ily be reached.

Avoid trav­el­ling in ar­eas known to have high crime, or which have been iden­ti­fied as smash-and-grab hotspots.

Avoid trav­el­ling in dimly lit ar­eas at night.

En­sure you have enough fuel for the trip you are mak­ing, in­clud­ing the re­turn trip.

Keep your car in good con­di­tion to avoid un­nec­es­sary break­downs or stops. This in­cludes the tyres (and spare tyre), wind­screen and wipers.

Don’t talk on your cell­phone, or be dis­tracted by any­thing else, while driv­ing. Fo­cus on the road and what is hap­pen­ing around you while driv­ing.

Keep mov­ing. Crim­i­nals will some­times bump your car from be­hind to make you stop and get out, es­pe­cially at night in quiet ar­eas. If this hap­pens to you, keep mov­ing and go to the near­est po­lice sta­tion.

Keep your cell­phone charged in case you need to use it in an emer­gency.

Don’t leave your car un­locked, even for a minute, and pay at­ten­tion to the risks of sig­nal jam­ming in car parks. If, for any rea­son, you feel un­safe or threat­ened, go to the near­est po­lice sta­tion for as­sis­tance.

If you are go­ing on a long jour­ney, keep fam­ily and friends in­formed of your lo­ca­tion at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals. lget into the habit of let­ting peo­ple know when you leave for or from the of­fice or an event, and again when you get home.the As­so­ci­a­tion said that down­load­ing the free AA Res­cue APP will help keep you safer on the road.

“Be­sides be­ing avail­able to as­sist in case of a break­down, we also of­fer the ser­vices of a se­cu­rity guard to wait with our mem­bers while road­side as­sis­tance is on its way. Women who feel un­safe where they have bro­ken down, will have peace of mind know­ing help is on its way, and that they are not alone while it gets to them,” the As­so­ci­a­tion said.

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