GEM Motoring Assist has published an updated version of its personal safety advice which is primarily intended for solo travellers and focuses on situations where safety and security risks could be increased.
The revised guidance is published in leaflet format, which can be downloaded from GEM’s website. Alternatively, RSOs can order printed copies of the leaflet free of charge from the same link.
David Williams MBE, GEM chief executive, said: “Whether it’s a motorway breakdown, a ‘road rage’ incident, a medical emergency or a walk through a dark car park, you can increase your safety when you recognise what risks could be there, and plan how to reduce them.
“The vast majority of road journeys will be free from incident or threat, but every now and then we may have reason to be concerned. Our advice covers not only dangerous, high-risk scenarios but also the everyday situations that we may not otherwise see as risky.
“For example, if you’re making a journey after dark, it makes sense to let someone at your destination know what route you’ll be taking and what time you expect to get there. Then, on your journey, keep doors locked and windows shut, especially in town. Don’t store possessions on the passenger seat, and park somewhere conspicuous and well lit.”
GEM’s advice is endorsed by chief constable Suzette Davenport, ACPO’s national lead on roads policing, who said: “The fears and vulnerabilities faced by people travelling on their own in the UK are relatively low, compared with other countries.
“But there is often pressure on us to drive longer and later, so it makes sense to plan the routes you take and the locations where you park, so that any risks to your safety are minimised.”