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Top 10 tips for heading back to your car on winter nights

November 23rd 2015

With the nights growing dark early, there is a lot to think about in terms of personal safety. Here is just some of our tips on how to look after you and your family this winter.

Lady in a dark car park

  1. Park somewhere that you know will be well lit when it grows dark early. Check for street lamps and that the area is open. It may be busy when you pull up, but you want to feel safe collecting your vehicle from an empty car park or parking space.
  2. Get your keys ready long before approaching the car park, and do not use the remote until you are next to your car. This will make you feel calmer when multi-tasking with your little ones, especially if you are loaded with Christmas shopping bags and a push chair/pram.
  3. It may sound obvious, but keep all valuables out of sight- even if they are not especially valuable to you. This is very important around Christmas time, when you are purchasing gifts for your family and others may see them as an easy opportunity. Stopping for fuel or a pint of milk on the way home might take five minutes, but five minutes is all it takes.
  4. Make sure your car is well maintained, including a full tank and tyres with the correct pressure. Get stocked up on de-icer and water for your windscreen wipers, so you are not having to sit alone for long periods of time.
  5. Ensure you have everything you need for the drive home before you get into your car. This way, you can chuck the bags in the back and be on your way, without having to take a second trip to the boot.
  6. As soon as you are in the car, lock the doors and windows. It may seem dramatic, but it will give you peace of mind.
  7. Never leave your child/children alone in the car, no matter what the age. Always ensure they are close to you when walking back to the car park or parking space.
  8. If you are shopping or visiting an unfamiliar area, take a map. If your satnav should fail, you will get home safe.
  9. Refrain from taking a different route home unless the weather determines a safer option
  10. If an unmarked police car asks you to pull over, do not stop until you reach a safe point. If the police car is genuine, they will understand your actions.
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