Road and vehicle safety tips

2016-12-06 06:01

AS the festive season is around the corner, members of the public are warned to be vigilant when in or parking their vehicles.
Most people are being robbed or even hijacked while stationary in their vehicles.
Safety awareness in a vehicle:

• Ensure that your vehicle is in a good condition when you plan to go on a journey.

• Always lock your vehicles doors and keep the windows closed.

• Do not leave your vehicle unlocked, even if you think you will be away for only a minute.

• If a stranger wants to talk to you while in your vehicle, do not open the window wide - only 5cm is enough to have a discussion.

• If something seems suspicious, do not talk to strangers, rather be rude and drive away.

• Limit your trips at night or at least take someone along with you.

• Vary the route you travel to work and back if possible.

• If approached by a stranger while in your car, drive off if possible or press your hooter to attract attention.

• If strangers loiter near or at your driveway, rather drive past.
If they loiter for a long time, report it to your nearest police station.

• Hijackers may stage a minor accident so they can approach your car.

• If your car is bumped from behind and you do not feel comfortable with the individuals involved in the situation, drive to the nearest police station for help.

• Do not reach for your purse or valuables. Leave everything behind if forced from the car.

• Your life is more valuable than your possessions.

• Do not resist, especially if the thief has a weapon.

• Give up your vehicle with no questions asked and move away.

• A lift club limits the risk of becoming a victim of crime.

• Do not give strangers a lift.

• A gear lock is an affordable and a very effective anti-theft device.

• If possible, put up a mirror against the front wall of your garage to see if someone is following you into the garage.

• Do not open your garage doors before your gates are closed.

Safety awareness when parking or driving your vehicle

• Avoid parking your motor vehicle where there are no security officers guarding other cars.
- Supplied.

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