Always make sure that your car is in good condition before you set out and carry a can of fuel in case of an emergency. If you think you are in danger then call the police immediately on 999.
Before you Start a Journey
- Plan your route and try to stay on main roads.
- If you are meeting someone, tell the person the time you expect to arrive and what route you are taking.
- Make sure you have enough money in case of an emergency and a mobile phone or phone card in case you need to make a call.
- Charge your mobile phone fully before leaving.
During the Journey
- Do not stop if someone tries to flag you down. When it is safe to do so, call us from your mobile or find a public phone. Only give lifts to people you know well.
- Keep car doors locked and keep valuables out of sight.
- If you need air, only wind your window down a little so nobody can reach in while you are stopped in traffic.
- Keep your mobile out of sight and do not use it while driving.
Parking your Car
Remember if you are parking in daylight things will look different at night. To ensure your safety upon return, always park in a busy, well-lit area.
- Always have your keys ready when you are coming back to your car.
- Take a look inside before you get in and make sure there is no-one there.
If your car breaks down at night it can be a frightening experience but there are things you can do to help yourself.
- If you are on a motorway:
- Follow the arrows to the nearest phone.
- Do not cross the carriageway.
- Wait outside your car (as far away from the carriageway) with the front passenger door open.
- If someone approaches your car, lock the doors and speak through a small gap in the window.
- If you are on the hard shoulder or using the emergency telephone:
- Keep a sharp lookout for danger.
- Do not accept lifts from strangers.
- Wait for the police or the breakdown service to arrive.