The subject of who is the safest on the road is one that is frequently debated. The majority of the time, it is presented with driving behavior in mind rather than the vulnerability of underlying risks. Various statistics suggest that women are safer on the road since they are less likely to be involved in accidents, but they are also more vulnerable to being preyed on – particularly by men.

With all of the dangers on the road – carjacking, abductions, preying criminals, and police impersonators – it’s quite easy for a woman traveling alone to become a victim. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when traveling alone.

Plan your trips

To avoid getting lost or having to stop in inconvenient places, make sure you have a map of the route you’re taking. If you are unfamiliar with the area, do not drive in the dark. It’s also a good habit to always let someone know where you are so that help can be delivered to you if you need it.

Make use of technology

Install a personal safety app on your phone, such as the MiWay or the Namola App, in case you need assistance while traveling alone. Make sure your phone is charged because you’ll need it to call for help if something goes wrong.

Always be alert 

Pay attention to your surroundings When parking, choose a location that is well-lit and has a lot of foot traffic from other customers or security staff. Do not leave your car unattended at any moment, as this exposes you to predators. It’s also a good idea to be aware of landmarks because they may come in helpful if you need to alert someone of your whereabouts.

Keep your car well maintained 

A car that is well-maintained is less likely to break down or cause troubles. Maintain good mechanical condition of your car and have it maintained on a regular basis, especially if you drive alone frequently. It’s also a good idea to learn how to do some basic maintenance, such as changing a tire. Also, make certain that your auto insurance covers roadside assistance.

Don’t stop for just anyone 

With all the dangers lying around every corner, you can’t just trust anyone. Be on the lookout for imposters, hitchhikers, and “stranded motorists.” If a police vehicle tries to pull you over and you feel frightened, acknowledge them and say you want to be followed, then follow the proper process. Never assume an unmarked car with flashing lights is a police vehicle.

Fill up

Make sure you have enough petrol to get where you’re going. You don’t want to be stopping at petrol stations at random while predatory crooks are prowling around.

Keep your valuables out of sight

You don’t want to attract thieves and become a smash-and-grab victim. Leave your handbag, purse, phone, and other valuables out of sight to avoid becoming a target.
While keeping these safety recommendations in mind, be wary of typical diversions that may make you more vulnerable to predatory thieves. Always maintain a safe following distance to give yourself time to flee in the event of danger. Keep your doors locked at all times and arrive alive ladies!

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