If you are on vacation in a foreign country and you decide to rent a motor vehicle then you must consider your safety at all times. You do not want to get paranoid but you do need to make your own safety and that of your travelling companions as important as possible. Here we look at some safety measures to take while driving when you are travelling abroad.
Renting an automobile in a foreign country necessitates taking certain precautions. First of all you should select a type of car that is readily available in the local area. Take a look around and see what the most common vehicles driven by the locals are. Then choose one of those.
Make sure that the vehicle is in good to excellent shape. Also if possible ask to rent a car that is not identified as a rental car. You do not want anything to announce that you are a tourist. You want to rent a car that has features such as power windows and universal door locks.
A car with an air conditioner is a smart option as it is a safety feature worth having. This means that you can drive around and keep your windows firmly closed. It is not that difficult for a thief to reach through the open window of a car and grab a handbag or any valuables that are lying on the seat.
Keep the car doors locked at all times. That means when you are in it and when it is unoccupied. It is also important that you wear your seat belt when you are in the vehicle and that you drive as little at night as possible.
Do not pick up anyone who is hitchhiking along the road. Do not stop the car and get out in any area where you see a suspicious looking person, or a suspicious looking group of people. Drive away immediately.
Do not park the rental car on the street on an overnight basis. If you are unable to park in the parking garage of your hotel or in a secure area it is essential that you park in an area that is well-lit.
Your valuable items should not be kept in the car with you. If you must take valuables with you in the vehicle then you should lock them in the trunk. Once you get to where you are going then take the items with you.
There are places that are common vacation spots for tourists to become victims of crimes when they are motorists. An example of this would be regions throughout southern Europe. This is something that U.S. embassies are aware is happening. Consular officers team up with local authorities to let the public know about the dangers that lurk in these areas. In some places the crime rate has dropped because of the measures that have been taken.
When renting a car it would be a very smart move to ask the rental car agency to give you advice as to how to avoid running into potential problems as a motorist when you are visiting tourist destinations.
Criminals and carjackers can be found operating in many different places. They are found in parking lots, along the highways, at gas stations and in the hectic traffic of the city. You need to be aware of the problems that a motorist could run into when driving on roads and highways far away from home. Only then can you do what is necessary to protect yourself from falling into harm’s way!