Rental Car Safety Use these tips involving your car, to make sure you stay safe. There are two possible dangers who can hurt your wallet or your health regarding driving in a foreign country. These are Crime and the Traffic. Find Tips For Both Below.
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There are three Possible crimes that we have to worry about. 1.Car Jacking 2. Smash and grabs 3. The “helpful tire fixer” Use these Tips to minimize the chance of getting harmed by criminals, regarding your rental car. General Having a low cost rental car will minimize the budget you spend and the possibility you get robbed.
1. Carjacking Minimize the chance to get Carjacked by not driving a luxury rental. Carjacking often happens at night and in a deserted place. If possible avoid this combination. At night it can be advisable to carefully pass red lights, and not coming to a complete stop at a Stop Sign. In most dangerous areas this is even tolerated by the police. A common practice is that a group of criminals make a roadblock with their own car or a tree. So if you see a suspicious “road block” make sure to stop not right in front of it where you have no chance to maneuver around. So you don’t find yourself trapped when you see criminals approaching your car. If you find the roadblock suspicious just turn and find another road.
2. Smash and grabs 1. Close the car windows and lock the car. This is a no-brainer. 2.Do not leave valuables in plain view in a car. If you have your luggage in your car, put it in the trunk and not on your back seat. So nobody can see what’s inside the car. At best leave nothing in the car so the criminals checking for which car to break in, do not have interest in your car. 3. Abandoned Parking Lot. Don’t leave a car in an abandoned parking lot or under a bridge, especially overnight. These are the hotspots for break ins.
3. The “Helpful Tire Mechanic” Another common practice of criminals includes slashing your tires. Then when you stop to fix the flat, one or two "friendly" people stop to “help”. They try to distract you and will get your valuables instead of helping you. So every time you get a flat, be suspicious. Criminals applying this trick are more aggressive, so be especially careful. Don’t stop until you are in a well-lit public spot. If you can’t go further call your rental car company immediately and if somebody suspicious tries to help you, pretend like help is already under way and you are obliged to use this help because it’s covered in your rental car contract. An even better lie is that you called a friend you know in the area who is a mechanic and he will be here in a couple of minutes.
If you change the tire by yourself, keep your valuables with you or lock them in your car. You can change the tires even with a locked car. (Don’t forget to take the key out of the car before locking)
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Traffic Traffic in some countries can be very dangerous. There are swarms of motorcycles, no clear traffic signs and rules which are not present. Much of the traffic in “Non-Western-Civilization” are based on Eye-Contact, Right Of The Stronger and controlled chaos.
So be careful and learn from our experiences with these tips.
4. You As A Pedestrian Always act if Pedestrians in general do not have the right of way if you are walking outside.
5. Drunk Drivers Be aware that in many places outside of the “Western World” people more commonly drive boozed. So be aware that every driver especially at night on weekends is a possible unpredictable drunk driver.
6. Law Of The Jungle Trucks have the right of way. Why? Because they are bigger, this is the Law of the Jungle and applies on the streets in many countries as well. So don’t be surprised if an approaching truck won’t give way on a small street.
7. Potholes Roads in remote areas may also tend to have a lot of potholes.
8. Dirt Roads Talk to locals if you want to make a roundtrip and inform yourself which road is in good condition. Don’t just rely on google maps. It can seem that the street in google maps is a normal highway, but instead is a dirt road for many miles. Search on this site in the Area "Traffic" on the specific Location's website.
9. Mountain Roads If you are on a steep road and you cannot cross another car, always the car driving down the slope has to back up. Never back up driving up the slope as you have no overview of the chasm.
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What If Something Happens
What If Something Happens If a traffic accident happens you are probably the one who will pay the bills. Because in many countries, locals do not have insurance, so the court will decide that you have to pay, even if you had the right of way. Instantly call the police station after something happened, so locals who gather have not much time to make up stories, who probably will not be in your favor.
If you want more information on a particular location, click the button "Find Your Location" and look it up under the chapter Traffic and Dangers