Driving alone as a woman comes with its own set of challenges. Of course, driving is liberating, and is fully capable of helping you channel your independence, it is also true that the roads out there are not exactly safe, and that women are vulnerable to impediments to their safety. Everything from car crashes to car-jacking, from impersonation and rough drivers on the road, there are plenty of things one should be safe about. Here are a few things women drivers should keep track of.
- Park appropriately: Whether you are at a public place or a private neighbourhood, always park your vehicle in a place where there is sufficient lighting, and where you cannot be ambushed by anyone simply because the space is opportune. Lock your car and remember exactly where you parked, and make sure that when you come back to the place, no matter the time of day, you do have enough lighting to take the vehicle out without any difficulty.
- Always keep your keys accessible in your purse, so that you don’t stand outside your car door and fumble for them. The more you fumble for the keys, the more it tends to appear like you are vulnerable and susceptible. It is a perfect opportunity for a criminal to pull off a mugging or a carjacking, or even to grab your purse and run.
- Make note of the vehicles parked around and near your own. It is a useful way to remember your own vehicle’s spot, while also getting a good idea of what your vehicle was surrounded by.
- Don’t jump at every opportunity to help – especially if you are being stopped or waved at by a lone man in a remote location. Always be sure to keep your phone handy, so that in any unwieldy situation, you have access to help at the earliest. The same goes for suspicious police officers, or police officers who don’t appear to be founded in their claims of stopping your car.
- Always keep a map handy, so that you have a full idea as to where you are going, and what your route will comprise. Indulge in a GPS device in the car, rather than to use a map if you are driving by yourself.
- Make sure that your vehicle is in good condition – having been serviced at the right time, especially if you know that you are making a longer trip. This will help you avoid the eventuality of your vehicle breaking down midway, and avoid having to approach strangers to help fix it if you can’t do it yourself.
- Keep someone fully aware of your whereabouts, so that the moment you are lost, or you find yourself deviating from the path, or even find yourself in trouble of any kind, help is at hand.