Women driving alone - be sensible about your safety but don't be afraid to drive
If you regularly have to drive alone you can find peace of mind in confidence that the car won't let you down.
Most breakdowns can be avoided, or the risk reduced, by making sure that your car is serviced regularly (according to the manufacturer's recommended schedule) by a reputable garage, and by following a few simple rules:
Plan unfamiliar journeys and try to stick to main roads.
Carry a fully-charged mobile phone.
Keep a coat, sensible shoes, blanket, torch, and money in the car.
Drive on to a well lit, busy area such as a filling station if you can rather than stopping in a dark, remote spot.
Keep the doors locked while you're waiting. A patrol or garage mechanic will carry proof of identity and you should ask to see this before opening a window or unlocking your car.
On motorways it's much safer to retreat up the bank, or behind a barrier rather than wait in the car where you would be exposed to danger from passing vehicles. If you do feel at risk from another person, return to your vehicle by the left-hand side and lock all doors. Leave the vehicle again and get back behind the barrier as soon as you feel the danger has passed.
Wait until you're close to the car before unlocking it, and if the car design allows it, unlock the driver's door only.
If you park on the street choose a busy, well-lit place, and have your car keys ready as you return to the car.
(22 March 2013)