Staying safe after you pass your driving test is something that isn’t taught and something that most people don’t even think about. We take driving for granted and can often feel that once we are in our cars we are safe from any danger. We create a bubble around ourselves that we feel is impenetrable.
Women in particular should be aware of where you park your car. You may park your car in the daytime when there may be a lot of people around. However you may return at night when it’s dark and the car park may be virtually deserted.
- Try not to park in the furthest corner or the highest floor of a car park.
- Reverse into the bay so if you need to make a speedy getaway then it will be easier.
- When returning to your car, don’t be distracted by looking at social media on your phone.
- Look around and be mindful if you suspect someone may be lurking around.
- Have your keys out of your pocket or handbag while walking to your car so that you can quickly unlock the door, get in and lock the door immediately.
- If you are really nervous there may be a car park attendant who you could ask to escort you to your vehicle.
- If someone wants your phone, wallet, handbag etc then give it to them. Your life is worth more than your possessions.
This is only one aspect of staying safe when driving. There are many other scenarios that we need to look at which we will cover on another post.