Stay Safe on the Road

When Leaving

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk with others to your vehicle whenever possible.
  • Carry your car keys when approaching your vehicle so you can enter quickly. For added safety, put your car and house keys on separate key chains.
  • Always check underneath your car upon approach and in the rear seat for intruders before entering your automobile.
  • If something or someone looks suspicious, leave the area immediately. Do not try to go to your vehicle.
  • Lock your doors immediately and keep windows rolled up whenever possible.

When Driving

  • Keep all of your doors locked.
  • Drive on well-traveled and well-lit streets.
  • Leave enough room between your car and the vehicle ahead so you can drive around it if necessary.
  • If someone tries to enter your stopped vehicle, sound the horn and drive to a safe area before calling the police.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers or troubled motorists. If you want to help a troubled motorist, drive to the nearest phone and call the police. Be aware that an accident may be staged.
  • If your vehicle breaks down, ask any person who stops to help to call the police. Do not allow any person access to you or inside your car. Roll down your window no more than an inch.
  • If you are involved in a minor collision in an isolated area, you may want to drive to a well-lit and populated area before stopping to assess your damage.
  • While driving, if you notice that you are being followed, do not go home. Drive to the nearest police station, open store or service station for help. If you are fearful of exiting your vehicle, honk your horn to draw attention to yourself.
  • Never leave your car’s engine running, even if you will only be gone for a minute.
  • Never hide a second set of keys anywhere on your car.
  • Limit distractions. Texting while driving is illegal.

When Parking

  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, find another place to park.
  • Do not leave valuable items visible in your car. Put them in the trunk or take them with you.
  • Carry your registration and insurance card with you. Never leave valuable documents in your car that could help a thief identify who you are or where you live.
  • Call ahead when driving to your home or apartment late at night and have someone watch you walk from your car to the residence.

For those using Georgia State-owned or leased vehicles: Georgia State University Motor Vehicle Use Guidelines