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Safety When Driving

  • Have your key ready when you approach your car and check to make sure no one is hiding inside.
  • Drive on well-traveled streets and never pick up hitchhikers.
  • Keep your car in gear while it is stopped.
  • Keep all doors and windows locked.
  • Park in well-lighted, designated parking areas.
  • Keep all valuables out of sight in your trunk.
  • If you are forced to stop your car, lock the doors, roll up the windows and sound the horn for help.
  • If you are followed or harassed by someone in another car, drive to a police department, fire station or open business and seek help. Do not drive to your residence hall or park in a deserted area.
  • If you are followed as you approach your residence hall at night, stay in your car with the doors locked until you identify the occupants of the other car. Sound your horn to get the attention of residents.
  • If your car breaks down, raise the hood and stay inside with the doors locked. If someone stops to help, do not open your window or door or accept a ride. Ask the person to call for help.
  • If you see a parked car requiring assistance, do not stop. Go to a telephone and call for assistance.
  • Keep an aerosol tire inflator in your car for emergencies.
  • Mobile phones are highly recommended when driving.

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