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How To Protect Yourself From Carjacking

Watch more Driving & Car Safety videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Prevent carjackers from stealing your vehicle with these safety precautions. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Stay alert Stay alert at places carjackers like to strike -- red lights, gas stations, ATM machines, parking lots, shopping centers, car washes, convenience stores, hotels, valet parking areas, fast-food drive-throughs, and outside of retail stores. Step 2: Keep your doors locked Keep your doors locked when you're driving, and keep your windows up as much as possible -- especially when you're stopped in traffic. Step 3: Leave space at red light Leave space between your car and the car in front of you at a red light, so you have room to escape if someone tries to carjack you. Step 4: Use care when parking Park carefully. Choose only well-lit spots and avoid remote areas. Tip When you're returning to your car, always have your keys in your hand as you approach so you're not fumbling around at your car door. Step 5: Don't let a stranger in If your car breaks down or is disabled in an accident and a stranger offers to help, do not open your window or door. If you don't have a cell phone, ask them to call for help. Step 6: Don't fall for the "bump and rob" Don't fall for the intentional fender bender, known as the "bump and rob." If you suspect that someone has hit you intentionally as a way to get you out of your car, note their license plate number and then drive directly to the nearest police station. Step 7: Don't jeopardize your life If you are faced with a carjacker, don't fight him. Your car, no matter how snazzy, is not worth your life. Did You Know? Sixty-eight percent of the carjackings that occurred between 1993 and 2002 took place at night.
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