Security Driving

 

Car Jacking

Car jacking is a form of hi-jacking, where the crime is of stealing a motor vehicle and so also armed assault when the vehicle is occupied.

Car theft crime, typically the car jacker is armed, and the driver is forced out of the vehicle with the threat of injury.

In rare cases the vehicle is taken and the driver and owner of the vehicle is kidnapped and retained as a passenger under duress or made to drive his or her abductor.

Women are particulary victimized in this latter method.

Car Jack Prevention

The potential of car jacking in the U.K is dramatically on the rise, there are a number of ways in which you can prevent this happening to you.

Observe your surroundings before you come to a complete standstill when parked at a junction or at a set of traffic lights.

When pulling away in your vehicle make sure that your doors are locked at all times, if the car does not have central locking installed already.

You will find that all new modern vehicles manufactured these days come with central locking as standard.

Whilst driving always leave a big enough space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you when static.

Reason for this is during an emergency you can pull out of the traffic if needed and drive away, ‘hence you are not blocked in’. This also helps the emergency services greatly when they are responding to emergencies, you can move your car to the side with more ease, allowing them to pass with more ease.

Emergency Vehicles

When you see or hear an emergency vehicle coming in your direction, don’t panic, check your mirrors and all around your vehicle for other road users including bikes, then safely pull the car to the side bringing the vehicle to a complete standstill until the emergency vehicle has passed you by.


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