In a world of modern conveniences we tend to take our safety for granted. Car radios and cell phones can cloud our intuition, and this can put even the most observant woman in danger. Keeping in mind some simple safety tips can ensure that your personal security doesn’t take a backseat.
- Learn to trust your gut. If you feel an inexplicable pull telling you to readjust your route, that’s your intuition talking. Listen to it.
- Put on an air of confidence. This shows potential aggressors that you’re not easily intimidated.
- Keep the noticeable jewelry at home if you’ll be walking alone.
- There is always safety in numbers. Wait for any public transportation in a well-lit public place. In parking lots, park underneath a light and use entrances with the most traffic flow.
- When using public transportation, sit behind the driver or choose an aisle seat in case you need to make a quick exit.
- Approach your vehicle with keys in hand. Ball them in your fist and have one key jutting out between your index and middle finger. This creates a self-defense weapon.
- Don’t be afraid to ask a bagboy or store manager to escort you to your car at night.
- Always lock your doors when driving or parking your car. Never leave your vehicle unlocked, even for a few moments.
- If someone inside a car points a knife or gun at you and threatens you to get in, don’t do it. It’s much better to run away from the vehicle screaming to draw attention to yourself. He’ll speed off to find an easier target.
- If someone drives alongside your car and points to your tires or exhaust in an attempt to pull you over, drive until you reach a well-lit public area before you stop. Do the same for police officers and if you’re in a minor rear-end collision.
Remember, a little common sense goes a long way!