Training is over today and we covered a lot of material. One topic we discussed was personal safety.This advice is very helpful for college students and the general public, so I wanted to share some applicable tips for safety. Please feel free to add your own tips in the comments.

Being Safe When You’re Walking Alone on Campus

When I took classes in college, my schedule included some evening classes. While you have to be alert anytime, be especially aware at night. My campus was relatively quiet, but there were still cases of muggings and other things. During class we reviewed osme tips with one another.

  • Stay on well lit areas when walking around campus. Don’t get close to potential hiding spots like shrubbery and doorways with poor lighting.
  • Keep your purse next to your body.
  • Wear comfortable shoes in case you have to run.
  • Beware of ‘black ice’ when the temperature drops.
  • Have your keys ready before you approach your car.

Auto Safety Tips

Have your keys out before getting to your car.

Have your keys out before getting to your car.

  • Drive defensively and be willing to yield to others to avoid accidents.
  • Observe speed limits and wear seat belts.
  • Keep your doors locked.
  • Do not pick up hitchhikers at anytime.
  • Make sure your car is in good operating condition; especially brakes, wipers, and tires.
  • Park in well lit places if you are going somewhere at night. Make sure you have your keys out and ready when you are leaving.
  • Pay attention to your surrounding as you approach your car.
  • If your car stalls and your cell phone isn’t working,  hang a bright rag from your car window. If someone offers help, stay inside the car and ask them to please call the police for help.

What to Do If You Have a Car Accident

Not my favorite topic, but during training we reviewed some things on car accidents. I’ve been a few accidents as a passenger and driver. It shakes you up and sometimes you forget what you should do.

Of course, the health and safety of all parties involved is paramount.  Call 911 if there are any injuries and give the best location description you can of the accident, so that the proper help can arrive quickly.

If you’re in a car accident and you’re not seriously injured:

  • Warn other drivers of the accident with hazard lights or flares.
  • Exchange information (name, address, driver’s license number) with all involved parties.
  • Don’t sign anything from any of the involved parties.
  • Wait for law enforcement to arrive before discussing the accident.
  • Contact your auto insurance to inform them of the accident.

Check to see if your state has any specific requirements for reporting car accidents.

Your Tips

Do you have any tips and ideas to increase your safety when at school or work?

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