Women are regarded in the insurance industry as ‘’safer” drivers and less likely to be in a road accident. Even though all motorists need to be alert and cautious, female drivers unfortunately have to be even more vigilant in order to avoid falling prey to criminal acts such as hijacking, intimidation, sexual assault or worse. Our women drivers are still regarded as more vulnerable by most criminals.
In this section we would like to offer advice and a few precautions that could enhance the safety of all drivers – and especially our female drivers!
Preparation/ Anticipation and Prevention of Dangerous Situations
Drivers should always consider the threats and possible worst case scenarios – and plan to avoid as many of these as possible. Precautions would include the following:
- A well-maintained car is less likely to break down – Keep your car in good mechanical condition and have it serviced regularly by a reputable garage.
- Have a safety check done before each long trip. Even better – learn how to change a tyre, jump-start the battery, or change a wiper blade. The more you empower yourself with basic maintenance tips, the less chances of you being the damsel in distress.
- Never run out of fuel. Get into the habit of filling when the tank’s half empty rather than waiting for the warning light.
- Get faults diagnosed and fixed promptly rather than waiting for them to get worse or hoping they’ll go away.
- The vehicle handbook will provide important information on specification of oil, antifreeze to use if you have to top-up etc
- Check tyre condition and pressure regularly. Get damaged or excessively worn tyres renewed, and don’t forget to check the spare.
Plan Your Trip
- Plan your route if the journey is unfamiliar, and keep to well-lit main roads.
- Don’t drive after dark into areas you don’t know, if you can avoid it. It is easy to get lost, and become a target for criminal activity.
- Drive with a decent GPS for enhanced safety, and tell someone your route, and what time you expect to arrive.
- Always be ready in the event of a delay on the road -Ensure your cellular phone is fully charged – and invest in a car charger should you not already have one.
- Add emergency numbers to your phone – such as that of a motoring assistance company, car insurance company etc. – See more
We would like to commend our female drivers on the caution they usually display on our roads. May these recommendations contribute to increased safety awareness and protection from criminals sharing our roads.