Follow our top 12 tips to protect yourself from any potential harm or difficulties you may face as a woman driver.
More young women than young men now take the driving test
Over the past twenty years, the number of young women passing their driving test has increased so much that today the majority of young people taking their driving test are in fact female.
The lifestyles and job opportunities of young women have changed significantly in recent years, and as a consequence, more young women are now driving alone and travelling greater distances than ever before.
Yes! Of course, it’s safe for women driving alone
Although the risk to women driving alone is greatly exaggerated, you should still take safety measures to protect yourself from any difficulties you may encounter.
1. The golden rule – never run out of fuel
No driver wants to be stuck on their own at the roadside, so make sure you keep your petrol tank topped up to avoid running out.
2. Keep your car serviced and in good running order
3. Breakdown cover is a value investment
Breakdown cover will give you peace of mind and security, even if you don’t use it. Sign up to a trusted breakdown service like the AA or RAC; they both use their own branded vehicles and will always give priority to women driving alone.
Never give lifts to strangers.
5. Get your keys ready
Have your keys ready as you approach your parked car.
- Don’t wait until you get to the car to search for the keys but do avoid using the remote unlocking until you have reached your vehicle.
- Before getting into your car, have a glance inside to check all is well. (Nobody hiding inside.)
- As soon as you are safely in the car, lock the doors.
6. If you feel threatened
Lock yourself in, turn on hazard lights and sound the horn.
Park your car in an area where close to other vehicles. Avoid parking in places such as a deserted backstreet which will make both you and your car more vulnerable.
8. Keep your doors locked
Lock all doors and boot also keep windows shut while you drive.
9. Keep valuables out of sight
Don’t leave valuables on the passenger seat. It only takes a thief a few seconds while you are stationary at a red light, for instance, to open the passenger door and steal your bag, tablet or mobile phone.
10. When asking for directions
If you need to stop for directions or to check your car, try to keep going until you find somewhere you feel safe and is well lit, like a garage or fast food restaurant.
11. Keep your mobile phone well charged
Always take a mobile phone, especially on longer journeys, keeping an in-car charger is a great idea. If you do break down or get lost, you need to know that you can summon help as quickly as possible from a trusted source, such as your breakdown recovery service or friends.
12. Emergency kit
You never know when you might break down, or be stranded, so keep some essentials in the car including a coat, sensible shoes, blanket, torch, some spare money, maybe an old-fashioned map (mobiles and sat-nav batteries may fail) and of course some chocolate.