Statistics of hijackings in South Africa, as we know, are through the roof with unsuspecting motorists being persistently traumatised on a daily basis. "Although there is no fool proof plan to avoid ever being hijacked, there are certainly certain steps and measures that we can take to limit the chances of being hijacked" says the AA.
Firstly, it is imperative that we are constantly alert to the possibility that we could be the next victim. The AA would advise precautionary measures such as being familiar with your environment and keeping alert to anything around you that is out of the ordinary.
Varying your route so as to avoid habitual routes that can be easily traced is a good way of throwing potential attackers off. There are obvious protective mechanisms such as locking doors and stopping your car a few metres behind the car in front of you to make a quick getaway.
Leaving your windows open just a fraction may also prevent smash and grab incidents, but be sure that they are not open more than five centimetres. Where possible, avoid driving at night and in high crime or unfamiliar areas and have your key ready, but not visible, when approaching your vehicle.
In the event that you are hijacked, the following simple steps are recommended:
For further information on preventative hijacking measures, visit the News Hub section, for a comprehensive guide with preventative measures to avoid hijacking incidents.
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