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Car Breakdown Safety

Car breakdowns are probably the most common occurrence which can make women vulnerable. Always keep your car well maintained. Go for a safety inspection every six months. Drive with at least a half tank of gas, especially during the winter.

You’re much safer inside your car than outside when stranded. Be sure to get a Call Police sign you can put on your side or rear window. Never obstruct your view by applying it to the windshield. Do NOT raise the hood of your car, it brings attention to your distress.

No matter whether it’s a man or a woman; if someone walks up to you, stay in your car and don’t open the window more than an inch. You’d be surprised what little space it takes to reach right in.

Source: Traveling Alone in America - Ontario Provincial Police - brochure with video tape

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