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  • Friday, August 18, 2017

  • Don’t be a Victim of Carjacking

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The U.S. Department of State has issued some important advice to help protect yourself when driving or as a car passenger abroad. Carjacking is on the increase in many countries. What can you do to make sure you’re safe inside your vehicle and never have to claim for theft or injury on your international travel Insurance?

Always keep all the doors locked when you are traveling in your car. If you hire a car, choose one with air-conditioning so you can keep all the windows up – this is particularly important when you need to slow down to drive through stop signs or areas with reduced speed.

Don’t ever stop, or roll down your windows, if you are approached by someone. Drive away quickly and if you are being followed or harassed find a public, safe space to park and get inside a building. Don’t lead them back to your home or hotel.

When parking, choose a spot with good lighting and in a populated area. If you have car trouble, stay in the car and raise the hood. Don’t get out if people offer to help, ask them instead to drive to the nearest service station to tell them what’s happened. Taking basic precautions means you’re less likely to have to call on that international travel insurance you purchased.

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