Staying Safe in Traffic Jams

Traffic! The one word every metropolitan resident hates to hear. Yet it is the unrelenting reality. Most people are bound by their daily responsibilities to spend some time in traffic. Seeing as a lot of hours are spent in traffic, let’s look at a few ways you can take charge of your safety while stuck in city jams.

Maintain your vehicle

Maintain your vehicle…

1. If you drive, ensure your vehicle is well maintained. Carry out the necessary spot checks before driving out every day. Doing this will minimize the risk of being stuck in an unpleasant situation, such as having a breakdown on a dark road at night. Of course some emergencies may still arise (such as a flat tyre or an overheated radiator), but at least you’ll be better prepared and not likely to be a target of traffic robbers and miscreants.

2. Be very careful of whom you offer rides to. You simply cannot afford to do so at the expense of your own safety. It’s an unfortunate sign of our times, but it is important to at least be familiar with your passengers. Conversely, as a pedestrian please be careful of the rides you accept.

3. When in a vehicle, minimize the use of expensive gadgets. Of course if you’re driving, this means NO gadgets! Focus on the road. As a passenger, be very aware of your surroundings. You must NEVER be distracted by your phone, and do resist the temptation to whip out your laptop/tablet to get some work done or just browse. Yes traffic is boring…but limit these activities to your phone and even then always be at alert. That traffic hawker near your window could very well be a thief.

Keep your valuables hidden

Keep your valuables hidden

4. Ensure that valuables are out of sight. That means your designer bag doesn’t stay on the seat beside you, ladies. Please avoid using flashy jewellery – you can put them on at your destination. The less conspicuous you are, the better.

5. Always keep your windows wound high up. If there’s no air conditioning the windows should as high as possible while giving yourself space to breathe. This will make it more difficult for anyone to just reach in and grab something.

6. If you are on foot, be very vigilant at bus stops. Especially if you have to jostle for space in public transport. Keep a firm tab on your wallet/handbag to avoid the possibility of pickpockets laying their hands on it.

Be safe at bus stops!

Be safe at bus stops!

7. Always be aware you are among strangers in public transport. It is best practice to mind your own business and do not get involved in any disputes or fights.

Most times robbers use the element of surprise to steal. Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. Above all, continue to put safety first!

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