Here’s the second part of my post last week about tips on avoiding carjacking, abduction and other crimes when women are traveling alone.

  1. Keep your vehicle well serviced. A poorly maintained engine can let you down at exactly the wrong time and place. So, a well maintained car is a good road buddy. There are particular parts in the car that should be given much attention like the batteries that should be charged recently or tested in cold weather. Also, the tires that are long in the tooth and short in the tread can go flat just when they’re needed most. So keeping up proper maintenance on your car’s vulnerable parts can go a long way toward avoiding a bad situation.
  2. Use all of your car’s safety and security features. Your car which is employed with security features should be used in moment that you need it the most or when you sense the first sign of trouble. There are cars equipped with modern safety equipments like the one made by General Motors and Volvo Cars. Each car by GM is employed with OnStar and other telematics systems let you call an operator at the first sign of trouble and can be used to pinpoint your location. They also alert police and medical authorities if you are in a serious crash. Volvo, a Swedish luxury auto brand, is also famed for safety. No wonder their cars top crash tests. To learn more about your car’s feature…. Read the manual — you may not even know how your car can help protect you. REMEMBER: When you’re buying a new car, factor both vehicle safety and personal security options into your decision.
  3. Have a plan when trouble arises. If confronted by a potential abductor or carjacker while you’re in or around your car, drop your packages and run, while making lots of noise. This strategy is effective according to experts. They say most criminals will quit right there. What you want to avoid at all costs is going with them to another location, even if they say you won’t be hurt. In moments that you no longer have control of the situation, you have few options: (1) If you’re being followed by another car, head to a police station (2) Call 911 for information on how to get there or a gas station. (3) If you are driving and you discover someone hiding in your backseat, slam on your brakes to throw them off balance, put the car in park and run.
  4. Always let someone know where you’re going. Frank Scafidi, spokesman for the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and a former FBI agent, recommends that kind of caution for far shorter trips when women are driving alone. The back-up person can alert police quickly if you fail to return on schedule, saving critical time — and perhaps your life.

I have this familiar experience two years ago when I moved in my new apartment few blocks away from my dad’s place. It was Friday evening when a stranger keeps on following me on my way home. I immediately call my dad and tell him about the situation. He gives me an instruction to go on the nearby gasoline station and call 911. Good thing my brother John was on that gas station that night, he’s really a blessing in disguise. Immediately we reported what happened in the nearby police station. From that experience, I see to it that my dad or my mom knows where I am going. Sometimes I leave a note on my desk for my secretary to know where I am going. From these I can be sure that whatever may happen on the road, somebody knew the place where they will look for me when emergency arises.

Experiencing emergencies in the road is terrifying most especially if you are not prepared and it happen in the middle of a deserted are where there is no help around. My bother and I when we’re still in our teenage years, we often sneak out and bring along our dad’s pickup truck. Well, as a teenager we are not that familiar with auto stuffs, what matters is that we drive our dad’s car, hangout and that’s it! There’s this incident which somehow teach us a lesson, and never again run out with my dad’s pickup… (for just a few months… LOL) it was my bother’s 17th birthday at around midnight we decided to sneak out and watch a concert…. At first we are confident that we can go home before my dad find out that we bring his car with us. But then, when we are almost home the engine suddenly stops.

It was early in the morning when daddy finds out what we’ve done. He just laughs at us when we told him about what happen last night. He told us that he will suppose to send his car in the mechanic early this morning to have its battery be replaced. We later then find out that its engine stops because of a dead battery. In my post today, I will include some of car emergencies and some tips to get through with it without freaking out LOL!

Here it is!

Breakdowns

Prior to setting out from your vehicle, check your car’s location, double-check your resources, and make a plan. Remember to lock the doors and take your keys.

Use the nearest phone booth and call 911 for help and detail if you are being threatened.

If you ask help for a neighboring home, stand back from the door. Ask the resident to call for help for you, and give him your car details and exact location.

If it is dark or you are stuck in an isolated spot, it is better to stay locked inside your car until daylight.

If you are a long distance from a phone or house, flag down a passerby and then return to your car, locking it, and talk through a partly closed window. Give him your car details and exact location.

Frozen Locks

Dealing with frozen car locks is not only a frustrating delay, but can be dangerous for people left out in the elements, or in unsafe neighborhoods.

The best thing to do is to constantly heating the tip of your key with a match or lighter. If that doesn’t work, consider carrying a small de-icer spray bottle with you; locking it away without access in your glove compartment is worthless when your locks are frozen to begin with!

Flat Tires

I have a post about dealing with flat tires. You can browse it on my previous post.

If a tire blows out or otherwise suffers extensive damage, it can’t be repaired. But, if it had a puncture, remove the tire and mark the location for later repair. Since these things tend to travel in pairs, look for more punctures, and also listen for air leakage.

Change the tire by first making sure the car doesn’t move, setting the emergency brake, unscrewing the lug-nuts and taking off the tire. Replace with the spare, retighten the nuts and proceed to a gas station to have it patched—-or replaced.

Always bring with you a tire filler to inflate a problem tire and get you as far as the closest gas station for further repair. The tire does not need to be completely flat to use this, and it is not the permanent answer. It won’t, however, fix severe damage, repair sidewalls, rim leaks, or large punctures/cracks in wheels.

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