Hijackings have become popular in South Africa, here are 10 Things Motorists Should Not Do To Avoid Hijackings In South Africa.
· NEVER EVER pick up or offer a lift to hitchhikers or strangers.
· Avoid stopping next to the road, except for an emergency.
· People stopping to relieve themselves have also fall victim of this crime.
· A well-maintained car is less likely to break down and leave you vulnerable. Check your tyres regularly.
· Plan your route and let someone know what your route is and when to expect you at your destination.
· Always check the rear view mirror to see if you are being followed.
· Avoid distractions while driving such as using a cell phone.
· If you suspect that you are being followed, drive to the nearest police station or a busy public area.
· When approaching a red traffic light, slow down so that you only reach it when it turns green especially during the night.
· If possible, park in a central, well-lit place, preferably with guards on duty.
· When stopping behind another vehicle, leave half a vehicle length in front so you can make an emergency escape if necessary.
· Avoid driving through unfamiliar areas and late at night / early hours of the morning when the roads are quiet.
· If possible, never drive alone.
· Never follow routine routes when driving, change routes on a regular basis.
· If possible, avoid driving in the dark. Hijackers may stage a minor accident, for e.g. If your vehicle is bumped from behind and you do not feel comfortable with the individual involved in the situation, indicate that he / she must follow you and drive to the nearest police station or any busy public area for help.