Car Safety Tips

  • Before starting on your destination, pre-plan your route and stay on main roads and highways when possible.
  • Make sure your car is in good working order and tires in good condition.
  • Have an emergency kit that includes a flashlight, fire extinguisher, "fix-a-flat" tire inflator and jumper cables.
  • Do not tempt a thief by leaving items in the car that are visible through the windows. Store all valuables in the trunk. Store maps out of site.
  • Keep doors locked at all times.
  • If possible, carry a call phone and know what emergency numbers to dial and how to dial them.
  • If your car breaks down and you need help, turn on your emergency flasher and the the hood up. Keep doors locked. When someone stops, ask them to call the police or a wrecker.
  • When at a traffic light, leave space between your car and the one in front, in case you need to flee. If necessary use your horn as an alarm.
  • If you feel you are being followed, drive to the nearest police station or filling station.
  • Before you park survey the area for any signs of possible danger such as individuals loitering about or dark surroundings.
  • When returning to your car have keys ready and in hand. Check to make sure that no one is hiding in, under or behind the automobile.
  • If required to leave your keys at an attended parking lot leave only the ignition key.
  • A car alarm can provide an additional layer of protection.