Staying Safe - On Road Trips
- Make sure your vehicle is in good operating condition. Have a mechanic check it prior to your trip.
- Plan your route carefully, travel on main roads and use maps.
- Keep your windows up and your doors locked.
- Carry a well-charged cell phone with you for emergencies.
- Avoid traveling at night, especially in unfamiliar areas.
- Take rest breaks during peak traffic hours, especially in cities, and resume driving after rush hour.
- Park in well-lit, high traffic areas.
- Don't leave packages or valuables in view, in the car. Lock these in the trunk.
- Never leave checkbooks or other credential items in an unattended vehicle.
Lock all doors, close sunroofs and t-tops, even for short stops.
- When you stop for the night, remove all baggage and cell phones from the car and take them inside with you.
- Leave only your ignition key with an attendant in a parking lot.
- If you become lost, stop at a busy gas station or store and ask directions - early. Don't leave the freeway or turnpike and venture into unfamiliar areas that may be unsafe.
- Don't pick up hitchhikers.
- If you feel someone is following you, head for the nearest open gas station or, if you know the location, police station.
In case of car trouble, open you hood and turn on your flashers. Get back into the car and lock the doors. If someone offers help, ask them to call your auto club or a tow truck. Don't leave your car to go with them.