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Prevent Motor Vehicle Theft


Don't Fall Victim To Car Thieves

You read stories of dramatic car thefts in the newspapers, and sigh in relief that it has never happened to you. But don't be lulled into a false sense of security. It could happen to anyone.

What You Can Do To Reduce Your Risk

  • Remove the ignition key, wind up all windows and lock the doors even if you are leaving your car unattended for just a while.
  • Park your car in a place where you can see it. Take careful note of the carpark's location and surroundings. Avoid parking in secluded spots.
  • Don't leave valuables such as cameras, cash,  laptops, mobile phones or handbags visible in the car. If you must leave them in the car, make sure they are stored out of sight and preferably locked up.
  • Don't hide spare ignition keys in the car.
  • Use additional locks such as audible alarm systems, steering wheel locks, clutch and brake locks or gear locks to deter thieves.
  • Install safety devices like steering wheel locks and an alarm. They will slow down, sometimes deter, car thieves from picking your car.
  • Keep doors locked while driving, especially if there are valuable items on the rear passenger seat.
  • As far as possible try not to leave your car keys with mechanics during repairs or service unless you are familiar with them.
  • Install a tracker. It uses satellite technology to trace the whereabouts of car. This will help the authorities recover stolen cars.
  • Never leave the engine running and unattended, even for a brief moment.
  • Never tag personal details to your car keys as they may lead thieves to your car and home.

Wear Your Driving Shoes

Every driver should have a pair of driving shoes - flat, flexible, snug footwear that smoothes your handling of the vehicle. Unfortunately, some people wear the same pair of shoes that they are going to work, party or play sports in as they are driving themselves to the office, dinner gathering or stadium.

Footwear That Is Driving-Unfriendly Includes That Which Has

High Heels

These do not allow your heel to sit naturally on the floorboard, affecting the balance of your foot on the pedals.

Strappy Uppers

Sandals rarely offer enough support to feet, and the straps often chafe and scrape the skin.

Thick Soles

Thick soles like those on men's formal work shoes, certain sports shoes, or  platform shoes, do not allow the driver enough "feel" when operating the foot pedals.

Stiff Soles And Uppers

A generally stiff shoe makes it hard to flex and bend the foot to just the right degree, an important point when behind the wheel.

Ankle Straps

Glamorous shoes with ankle-ties often constrict the natural movement of your feet and ankles.

Toe-Grips

Flip-flops give insufficient support to feet, and may slip off.

Open Backs

Mules and slippers come off too easily, and could cause your feet to slip off or onto the pedals.

Some people even drive barefooted. While this may seem convenient, it is not always a good idea as your feet are completely unprotected. Feet are very sensitive parts of the anatomy if they get wedged or scraped by the foot pedals, you may be in too much pain to drive properly. And if some emergency should require you to sprint out of your car onto a hot or sharp-pebbled road, you won't be ready.

For Driving, Select A Pair Of Shoes That

  • Fits just snugly enough
  • Has a sole that is flexible yet substantial enough to cushion your own soles
  • Has flexible uppers so you can easily flex your foot.
  • Is covered at the toes and heel.
  • Has no dangling ribbons or straps that could snag the pedals.
  • Is made of flame-resistant material.
 

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