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 Your Safety Whilst Driving.
 
 Avoid smash and grab.
1. Lock the doors and close the windows of your car before
commencing your journey.
2. Do not leave cellphones, handbags or anything else on your
seat or anywhere visible. Lock them away in the boot or conceal them in the car.
3. Keep a constant lookout for suspicious characters at traffic
lights, intersections or stop signs. Remember they will mix with
innocent bystanders such as newspaper vendors and pounce
when the opportunity arises.
4. Do not open your car window for strangers. Buy your
newspaper or Big Issue from a familiar vendor.
5. Always time your arrival at a traffic light to your best ability
to minimise the time you will be stationary.
6. Avoid non supervised parking areas. Always try and park where there is security.
7. Do not leave children alone and unattended in the car - not even for a few minutes.
8. Do not fall for con men who may indicate that there is
something wrong with your car and offer to help. Drive to the
nearest safe place like a petrol station, police station
or secure parking area before you check. Never give people like that money to “buy spares” etc. on your behalf.
9. Remove radios, CD players, play stations etc. and hide them
10. Never ever have a firearm in your car unless it is on your person. Remember you have to have the firearm license with you.
11. It is a good idea to join an organization such as the AA of SA
(Automobile Association) to assist you when needed.
They offer special rates to senior citizens.
12. Load their number and your other emergency numbers on your
cell phone. Remember you would normally be under stress when
making an emergency call.

A good idea is to load the numbers to appear at the top of your
listed numbers by prefixing them with triple A. For example, load
the general distress call number as “AAA-Emergencies “ and
“AAA- Automobile Association”, etc. You will find all the relevant
national emergency numbers at the top of the security page of
seniorcitizen and on the home page. If you have armed response, add their number too.
   
 When driving at night.
1. Always park in a well-lit area with security.
2. Approach intersections, stop streets and traffic lights slowly and if possible, do not stop completely for more than a few seconds.
Do not cross a red light unless it is an emergency and you are sure it is safe.
3. Do not sleep in your vehicle. If you have to, park at a police station and tell them of your intentions.
4. Be sure that all your vehicle lights are working properly.
5. There have been incidents where bogus uniformed officers have stopped people. If there are no other stopped motorists, be very wary. Slow down but keep your engine running if you have to stop. Do not open your window far enough to allow them to get their hand or arm into your car. Make sure they show you proper identity with a photo before you open your door.