Safety Strategies in your Automobile

Have your key in your hand when you are approaching your car.

  • keep car key and house key on separate key chains.
  • leave only the ignition key with the parking attendant
  • never put your name and address on your key ring (if you must use some identification us a business address or that of a relative/friend)

Drive with doors locked and windows rolled at least 3/4 up.

Put packages out of site on the floor.

Don't pick up hitchhikers.

Keep your gas tank at least 1/4 full at all times.

If your car becomes disabled:

  • raise the hood
  • tie a white cloth to the radio antenna or door handle
  • use a "Call Police" sign in the window
  • set out emergency flares and or reflectors
  • stay in your car-- do not get out and attempt to flag down motorists or walk for help
  • ask any motorists stopping to assist by calling the police or auto club for you
  • keep at minimum an emergency kit in your trunk containing: a large, bright flashlight; emergency flares and/or reflectors; a blanket and a can of "emergency tire inflator"

At night

  • always park in a well lighted area
  • have a friend escort you to your car
  • always check the back seat and floor before you enter your car -- use a flashlight at night if necessary. If your vehicle has a high ground clearance check underneath it as you approach

If you see a vehicle with a person in distress do not stop. Note the location and stop at the first safe place to telephone the police.

Do not leave credentials or personal papers in the car (except as required by local law).

If there is trouble use the horn in short, sharp bursts to draw attention.

If you think you are being followed drive to the nearest police or fire station.

Source: Council Against Rape (Adapted From: Warner, C.G, Rape and Sexual Assault Management and Intervention, Aspen Systems Corp, Aspen Co., 1980.)