University of Southern Indiana

On the Road

Driving presents its own challenges to safety.  Think about your car as a mode of transportation and not a second home.

  • Do a quick check of your vehicle as you approach it. If anything looks out of place, call Public Safety or 911.
  • If you use a remote locking system, only open the number of doors you need.
  • When you get into your car, lock the doors and drive away.
  • Don't sit in your car doing other tasks, such as homework, napping, eating, etc. You are more likely to become a target for crime.
  • Keep your valuables out of sight. Stash GPS units and electronics cords in the glove box when not in use.
  • Try to park in well-lit areas.  Lock your doors and close your windows when you park. 
  • Keep at least 1/4 tank of gas at all times.  You don't want to have to stop for gas if someone is following you or run out if you get stuck in traffic.
  • Keep your car well-maintained. You don't want to get stuck on the side of the road if possible.  When you drop off your car for service, give the shop your car keys only.
  • If your car breaks down, raise the hood, put on the emergency lights, and lock the doors. Call for help on your cell phone. If someone stops to offer help, stay in your locked car and ask them to call the police or a tow service.
  • If you think you are being followed, don't go home. Go to a well-lit, heavily populated area and call for help.
  • Avoid hitchhiking and hitchhikers due to the obvious high risk involved.

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