AA: avoid driving in areas of unrest Biz bits

2016-06-29 06:00

WITH protests erupting all over the country, finding yourself driving through the middle of one is not as unlikely as you may think.

This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which urged motorists to take precautionary measures if they ever find themselves too close to mass protest action.

The association said the first, and most important action, is to avoid these areas as far as possible.

"It is important that anyone driving in an area that may be affected by unrest understands that the police will most probably have blocked off the road to prevent entry," the association said.

"Listen to the police, and don't put yourself in any danger by disobeying them. If you are in this situation, check for possible escape routes you can use, or for a police presence that you can approach for assistance." - Witness Reporter.

Other tips for motorists unexpectedly caught in the middle of a protest situation include:

• Stay in your car as long as possible;

• Unbuckle your seat belt, and those of any passengers, and be prepared to exit your car quickly;

• Keep your car moving as far as you can, while checking for possible escape routes;

• Avoid hitting any protesters with your vehicle as this may turn the mob against you;

• Do not taunt the protesters by shouting or hooting at them;

• Remain as calm as possible to ensure you are aware of what is going on around you;

• Seek assistance or safety from the police as quickly as you can (if you do not see the police, call them);

• If you are stuck and the situation seems to be turning, leave your car and get out of the area on foot - remember your life is more valuable than your car or possessions; and

• Once you are safe, call family or friends to let them know where you are and what is happening. AA.

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