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    Safety checks to make when leaving your car parked overnight


    When it comes to accidents and incidents on the road, you might think that once you’ve parked up and turned the engine off, you are home and free. However, your safety checks shouldn’t stop the moment the car is stopped, far from it.

    How can I avoid break ins and other road traffic accidents when parking overnight?

    One of the key things to remember to avoid your car being broken into is to load and hide your possessions, especially valuables, before you reach your destination. Once you arrive, everything should be already hidden. If you do it once you have parked, all you are really doing is broadcasting to anyone who may be watching exactly where your treasured possessions have been hidden.

    The next step is to take a look around at the area in which you have parked your car. The first thing to ask is, quite simply, does it feel safe? If, for whatever reason, you feel uncomfortable, then trust your instincts and move and find somewhere else. It may sound harsh, but streets with boarded up windows, walls daubed in graffiti and vandalised properties may not be the best place to leave your car, especially if you are a visitor to an area where a new or unrecognised vehicle sticks out like a sore thumb.

    It is also important to make sure that, if you are parking in a car park, you have parked with the boot facing outward. Not only will this minimise the impact of any damage to the car in the event of a vehicle collision where another car drives into yours, it also means that thieves are easier to spot. If your car is going to get broken into, you want as many witnesses as possible. Reversing into a space means the boot can be used as cover for the thieves so do your best to leave them exposed.

    Of course, checking and double checking that your doors are locked goes without saying but don’t make too much of a song and dance about it as this will suggest your locks are dodgy and easily manipulated.

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    Date Published: July 8, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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