Message from the Chief Commissioner

Crime Prevention & Community Safety

Staying safe in your vehicle

Release date: Thu 29 March 2007

Last updated: Thu 29 March 2007

Before departing

Adequate preparation is the best way to ensure your safety when travelling in your vehicle. To reduce the chance of your vehicle breaking down, make sure it is full of petrol, air, water, and oil. It should also be well serviced.

Plan your trip. Consider taking a mobile phone, and keep the following items in your car:

  • A torch
  • A pen
  • Paper
  • Coins
  • A road map.

It is a good idea to inform someone of your trip destination and estimated time of arrival. You may also wish to provide a proposed route if you are travelling over a long distance.

Look inside the car through windows before getting inside.

If you feel unsafe

It is important to know how to respond to a situation in which you feel unsafe in your vehicle. Remember to remain calm, drive safely, remain on well-lit streets and if you feel you are in danger, seek the assistance of police.

If you have an incident on the road and feel unsafe, proceed to a police station, open service station, or similar place where someone can assist you. Note the registration number, make and model of the car and pass this information on to police.

If you need to attract the attention of others, sound your horn and flash your lights. Do not turn off the engine. This will reduce the likelihood of your car stalling when you try to restart it.

If your car starts to falter, stop in a safe, well-lit place, preferably out of the way of other traffic, rather than continuing to your destination, risking a breakdown.

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