Although cars and their security have come a long way in recent years, vehicle crimes still tend to be some of the highest recorded. However, several things can be done both to avoid criminal threats and to make sure your vehicle is running successfully for as long as possible.
1. Be Aware of Where You Are Regularly Parking Your Car
There is a reason that many insurance companies ask for the details of where your car will be parked overnight. This is because parking a car on a quiet, dark street makes it much more likely to be the target of criminal behavior.
Keeping a vehicle in a driveway or garage is the most secure place to park. However, if you want to be extra careful, it is recommended that you park as close to the house as possible, preferably in view of a large window.
If you have to park your vehicle on the road overnight, opt for the main road that has street lights. The lights will help deter criminals from stopping too long to inspect the car. For those parking their cars in a car park overnight, go for an area with other cars, this again deters criminals as the possibility of getting caught is much higher.
2. Don’t Let Small Damages Evolve into Big Issues
It can be too easy to notice something isn’t quite right with your car, mean to look into it, but forget the issue as it doesn’t seem too pressing. Issues with vehicles, as with many things in life, often become much more problematic the longer they are left unattended. For example, a small chip in a windscreen can soon develop into a crack, leaving the car not safe for driving. To avoid this type of issue, it is recommended that you visit an establishment that specialises in car windscreen replacements before the issue means you can’t drive your car.
3. Protect Yourself Against Other Drivers
One of the biggest threats to the health and safety of your car can be the other drivers on the road. Of course, it can be hard to protect yourself against the unpredictable behaviour of other road users. However, some measures can be put in place to help ensure the most protection.
First, it is important to drive in a style that is as safe as possible, if you see someone driving recklessly, slow down to give them more time. Another option can be to install a dashboard camera. This can be an invaluable tool when it comes to making an insurance claim as the footage will prove your innocence. It can also work to lower insurance premiums.
4. Keep Track of Your Keys
Losing keys is perhaps the most frustrating reason for having your car stolen. The worry of not being able to find the car key leads many to store them in common places, right by the front door, or on a rack in the kitchen. However, these are also familiar locations to car criminals. For those who struggle with remembering the location of their keys, a finding device, such as a Tile, can be really useful. This device informs you of the last location they were in, showing that to you on a map, as well as having a feature to call your keys from your phone.
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