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Before you start your journey:
Where possible travel by day, on main, well used roads. Plan your route in advance and always have an up to date map with you.
If you have to travel in darkness tell someone your destination and your expected time of arrival.
Take your mobile phone with you - and make sure it's charged before you start your journey. Remember it's illegal to use your phone whilst driving so pull over to safely use it.
Purchase an in-car charger.
Ensure your car is regularly serviced. Check petrol, oil, coolant levels and tyre pressures - especially before a long journey.
Always stick to the posted speed limit.
Always wear your seatbelt. Did you know the fine is a minimum of £30 for not wearing your seatbelt?
Keep the vehicle doors locked and the windows wound up - especially in built up areas and when you are in stop-go traffic.
Tiredness can kill - take regular breaks.
NEVER pick up hitch-hikers.
If you are involved in an incident avoid getting into an argument with the other party.
If confronted with road rage keep your windows closed and remain in your car with the doors locked.
If you are having trouble with your car stop in a well lit area where there are people and phone for help straight away.
If you experience the warning symptoms of hypoglycaemia while driving - STOP! Pull over as soon as it is safe to do so. Hypoglycaemia is a danger to you and other road users -don’t ignore the symptoms.
Never leave anything on display in your car - even an old coat on the back seat is an invitation to a potential thief.
Take all your belongings with you when you leave your car. If you are unable to do so lock them in your boot at the start of your journey.
The following items are of particular interest to the thief so should never be left in your car:
credit and debit cards
receipts with card numbers
vehicle registration documents
private mail showing your address
Locks or other security devices will deter potential thieves - they prefer an easy target.
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