With attacks against
U.S. rental car drivers increasing at an alarming rate, car rental
companies have responded by removing license plates and rental
stickers identifying their cars as rentals. Many also have been
distributing safety tip brochures at locations nationwide.
Travelers often are unfamiliar with the areas they visit.
Therefore, the best approach to ensuring a safe ride is
to drive-and think-defensively.
The following is a list of driver safety tips offered by
several car rental vendors.
Common Ploys And How To Avoid
Ploy #1: A driver motions
to you for help while he is driving his car or is parked at the
side of the road. Solution: Do not stop. Go to the nearest telephone
and call the police for assistance.
Ploy #2: A driver tries to
lure you into an accident by bumping your car from behind. Solution:
Do not stop on the road or shoulder. Drive to the nearest police
or service station for assistance.
Ploy #3: A driver yells, honks
or points at your car as though there were something wrong with
your vehicle. Solution: Do not stop on the road or shoulder. Drive
to the nearest service station or well-lit public area and check
your car's condition.
Ploy #4: A driver repeatedly
flashes his car's white headlights at your vehicle. Solution:
Do not pull over. U. S. emergency lights are red or red and blue.
Proactive Safety Tips
for specific directions to your destination, including applicable
expressway entrances and exits, prior to leaving the rental
counter. Also, take a map of the area with you.
- If you
get lost, do not pull over to the side of the road to study
your map or directions. Instead, drive to the nearest, well-lit
and populated public place (i.e. a restaurant or gas station).
- Do not
pick up hitchhikers under any circumstances.
doors locked and windows rolled up while driving and while your
car is parked.
purses, wallets, luggage and other valuables in the trunk or
glove compartment so they are not visible to potential criminals.
park in well-lit areas.
your car keys in hand when approaching your vehicle.
inside and underneath your vehicle for anyone who might be waiting
before entering your car.
- In the
event that you suspect you are being followed, go to a well-lit
area and call the police (911).
driving in the curbside lane when navigating city streets. Criminals
often break the glass in car doors and rob the inhabitants within
keep your car in neutral while waiting for a light to change.
You may have to move more quickly than you think.
yourself with the location of your car's safety equipment (i.e.
hazard lights, spare tire, door locks, etc.) before leaving
the rental car lot.