Women driving alone

On this page

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

well-serviced vehicle is less likely to break down which could leave you vulnerable, get any problems fixed sooner rather than later.

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.

4. Hitch-hikers

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.

Hey did you know?

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

7. Parking

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.


I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

What next?

Click the next button to head to ‘How much does it cost to learn to drive‘ or find a topic in the menu below.