Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Surefire Safety -Part 3 : Driving and Car Safety

High tourism areas are known for bad drivers. Travelers are uncomfortable with their surroundings and can make some bad driving decisions. Driving in foreign countries is even more difficult, as the rules of the road may be completely different than what you are used to.

Driving laws vary depending on location. For instance, after sunset in Texas the speed limit drops 5 mph. In New York it is illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving.

Who knew?

(well your travel agent for one)

But anway...

Here are some more safety tips to consider BEFORE you even start to drive.

  • Put your luggage and bags in the trunk of your car. This way, passers-by will not necessarily target your vehicle for a break-in and will not target you just because you are a tourist.
  • Always lock the doors on your vehicle
  • Check your back seat when you enter your vehicle
  • Leave the driver's seat in a forward, leaning position when you exit the vehicle. This provides a sign from a distance if the seat has been tampered with.
  • Use valet parking when available. Even if it costs a few more bucks you can insure your safety and peace of mind.
  • Approach your parked vehicle in a zig-zag route. This provides you with many opportunities to see if there is someone watching you or following you.

Keep in mind there are over 35,000 instances each year of shoppers being assaulted outside their parked cars in mall parking lots. (those are just the instances that are reported)

Are there any other safety tips you would recommend?

Have you ever felt unsafe approaching your vehicle? What did you do?

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