* Plan your route ahead of time.
* Try not to travel alone.
* Keep your doors locked and windows rolled up.
* Don’t drive in unfamiliar areas.
* Look in the rear view mirror often and watch around you – STAY ALERT!
* Always leave room ahead of your car to escape (don’t box yourself in).
* Carry a cellphone with you at all times.
* DO NOT stop to help stranded drivers – call the police for them.
Carjacking is a growing concern for many Americans. While percentage wise, the risk remains comparatively small, it is worthy of consideration. The American Automobile Association suggests:
* BE AWARE! Choose well-lighted, well-traveled facilities when stopping and try to park in a well-lighted area where people can see you.
* When returning home, be aware of all vehicles and pedestrians. Keep your home and your driveway well-lighted.
* Be careful after a minor rear-end accident. If you are bumped from behind and the circumstances are suspicious, call the police.
* Let someone know where you are going and when you will return.