> >: Good Advice > >Date: Friday, March 19, 1999 10:13 AM > > > >Ladies pass along to female family members/friends: > >> > >> In case you haven't seen the following...please > read...very important > >> for your safety. > >> > >> I headed for home by myself at approximately > 10pm. I was...between > >> exits...when a car pulled into the right most > lane beside me (I > >> was in the center lane) and started matching > speeds with me. > >> After a minute, I tried to slow down so he would > pass. He slowed, > >> too. I regained my previous speed, and he sped > up with me. > >> > >> Finally after a few minutes of this, he pulled > slightly ahead of me, > >> rolled down his window and motioned towards my > tire as though > >> something was wrong. > >> > >> The man had already begun to make me nervous by > driving along > >> side me for some distance on the mostly empty > highway, and now > >> my training took over. "This man is trying to > get me off the > >> road by myself here in the dark," I thought. > >> > >> This, in case you are unfamiliar with the area, > is basically the > >> middle of nowhere. I know my car. I am very > careful with > >> maintenance, and I am an experienced driver. I > know what a flat tire > >> feels like. I knew my car was fine. I put on my > turn signal and moved > >> to the right-most lane behind the man anyway and > slowed down > >> slightly (there is always the chance that > something could have been > >> wrong, better to be prepared). The other car > pulled onto the shoulder > >> and started slowing down. Now I knew he was > definitely trying > >> to get me to pull over. I passed him, he swerved > back on the > >> road and drove right behind me. At the next > exit, there were > >> two gas stations. They were well lit and there > were a few people > >> there. > >> > >> I exited, he followed. Not only this, but a car > I had not > >> previously noticed, that was in front of us > suddenly swerved off the > >> exit when I put my turn signal on. I know this > scenario. I grew up in > >> some pretty bad areas. I have had training in > this. At this point, > >> everything I had learned was in control. I > decided not to stop > >> anywhere. > >> > >> By now there was absolutely no doubt that my car > was fine. When > >> we approached the stop sign at the dark, empty > intersection after > >> the gas stations, the car ahead of me put on his > left turn signal > >> and stopped. I checked for traffic as I > approached the intersection, > >> then pulled around him to the right, and headed > straight back for > >> the highway. Both the car that had been ahead > and the one that > >> had been following me turned left across the > highway and did not > >> pursue further. > >> > >> I have now carefully checked my car in a safe > place when I knew > >> I was no longer being followed. It is in perfect > condition. This > >> is a classic scenario for car jackers to use at > night. I feel > >> lucky that I was well prepared and didn't have to > think too much > >> about what to do. > >> > >> 1. Don't ever let yourself be caught between two > cars. Car jackers > >> often work in pairs, attempting to corner your > vehicle. > >> > >> 2. Don't ever pull off the road at night by > yourself in a dark, > >> unpopulated place. > >> > >> 3. Carry a cell phone - I'm going to get one!! > >> > >> 4. Stay calm. Don't try any tricks. If you are > in an accident, you > >> are vulnerable. > >> > >> 5. Remember that most criminals want easy > victims...DON'T LET > >> YOURSELF > >> BECOME ONE!!! > >> > >> 6. Make sure you find out how to react BEFORE > you are in the > >> situation! These situations are unfortunately > real and dangerous. > >> Thinking > >> about it when it happens is too late! > >> > >> 7. ALWAYS make sure you do not stop until you > are CERTAIN that > >> help is present (i.e., even if you are in a > slight accident, head > >> straight for the police station, and don't stop > until you are > >> there. Car jackers often slightly damage > vehicles by bumping > >> them from the rear to try to get the driver to > get out.) > >> > >> GOOD ENOUGH TO READ? PASS IT ON! > >> > > > > > >---------- > > > > > > >
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