We have all seen and heard about rideshare drivers being victims of a carjacking. This is one of the most serious hazards that we face, Even though we have no control over the actions of others, there are some things we can do to lower our chances of this happening to us!
The Information Insurance Institute has compiled a list of seven things we can all do right now to avoid being a target:
- Always have your mobile phone handy—and charged.
- Avoid being alone in your vehicle in certain areas, such as high crime neighborhoods, isolated roads, and intersections, and desolate areas of parking lots.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Pay special attention to people who seem to be lurking or cars that suspiciously follow you into driveways. Call 911 and use your key fob or other car alarm if you feel a threat.
- Be wary of how carjackers lure victims. These include bumping your car, pretending to be stranded motorists, or flashing their lights as if there were something wrong with your car. In each of these scenarios, you might be tempted to pull over—only to have your car taken. Stay inside with the windows shut and the door locked and, if you feel a threat, drive to the nearest police or fire station.
- Practice safe parking. Stick to well-lit areas. If you have any doubts about where you parked after the fact, find a security guard to accompany you to your vehicle.
- Don’t sit in your car with the door unlocked or the windows rolled down.
- Don’t stop at isolated ATMs, which might put you and your bank accounts as well as your car in danger.
Taking these simple actions can go a long way in ensuring your safety and the safety of your passengers.
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