Travel Safety Tips For You and Your Family

Travel Safety Tips

  • • Always walk with confidence. Even if you are lost in a strange city, walk with purpose to the nearest shop or building and then ask for directions.
  • • When renting a car, avoid those sporting obvious rental stickers.
  • • When renting a car in a warm climate, ask for a car with air conditioning and always keep your windows closed.
  • • Always keep your hotel deadbolt locked when inside the room and never open the door unless you have specifically requested a delivery (e.g. extra towels, room service).

Car Safety Tips

  • • Try to park in well-lighted, populated areas.
  • • When approaching your car, look around to confirm that no one is following you and have your key ready.
  • • When you enter your car, immediately lock your doors and turn on your car before putting on your seatbelt.
  • • If you think someone is following you, drive to the nearest patrol car, service station or open business — do not go home.
  • • Never pick up hitchhikers or offer a stranger a ride. This includes nice strangers who seem genuinely in need of help. Remember, Ted Bundy used this ploy to fool his victims.
  • • Do not stop to help someone who appears to have broken down. If you feel you must help, offer to call the auto club or a tow truck from a safe distance.
  • • If signaled to pull over at night by what appears to be an unmarked police car, drive cautiously to the nearest public place (service station, populated parking lot, etc.) and pull over.
  • • Keep all doors locked and windows up when driving at night. Be especially cautious at traffic stops and highway entrances and exits.
  • • If you are rear ended by another car and feel uneasy, write down the car’s tag number and motion for the driver to follow you to the nearest well-lighted, populated area. Take your keys and valuables with you when leaving your car.
  • • When parking in a public garage, leave only the ignition key with the attendant. Do not leave personal identifying information in your car or with the attendant (e.g. home address).
  • • Do not respond to "friendly" strangers trying to wave you over to point out a problem with your car.
  • • Do not park next to a van or large vehicle if you can't see into its windows. If a dark van is parked next to you when you return to your car, enter your vehicle on the opposite side.
  • • Before you enter your car, look inside and under it to make sure that no one is hiding there.
  • • If your car breaks down, lift the hood, then stay in the car, lock the doors, display a Call Police sign and turn on your flashers. If a stranger stops to help, roll the window down slightly and ask the person to call the police or a tow service.
  • • If you are attacked by a carjacker, give up your car and don't argue. Try to remember details about the carjacker(s) and report the crime immediately to the police.  

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