When it’s time to get home, the last thing you want is to worry about your car breaking down or getting into a dangerous situation. That’s why we’ve put together this list of things you can do before you leave social events to get home safely:
Scout around the parking lot before leaving; if anything seems strange or someone is following you, move away from them as quickly as possible and ask them to leave. Once on the road, it’s essential to stay alert for detours or anything else out of place along your route – if something feels off about where you’re going, take note! If someone follows behind your car, drive slowly but keep going towards populated areas with lots of people/ police stations/ shopping centers nearby so that if something happens, other people may see what happened instead of letting this person get away scot-free (literally).
Book Yourself a Safe Driver
Going home after a night out is stressful, but not if you have chauffeur services waiting for you at the bar. Don’t worry about making arrangements for someone to get you home. The only thing that’s hard about booking a safe ride is deciding which safe driver is your favorite. Don’t worry about your ride home. Make sure you book it before you start drinking.
Make sure you have the keys in your hand.
Ensure you have the keys in your hand and ready before leaving. If not, ask someone to get them for you. If you’re going to a party, ensure that the person with your car key always knows where they are.
Check that the fuel is sufficient.
The last thing you want to do is run out of fuel on the way home after a fun night out with friends. If you do, not only will it be an expensive and inconvenient trip to the gas station, but it might also keep you from getting home. To prevent this from happening, check that your fuel tank has enough gas before starting your journey.
If you’re worried about running out of gas, use a gas station locator app like GasBuddy or Google Maps to find nearby stations open 24 hours a day so that you can fill up there if necessary.
Try to put up your number on social media.
If you are worried about getting home after the party, try to put up your number on social media. Posting it in case someone needs to contact you is a good idea. You can also ask your friends to let you know when they are leaving so that you can plan accordingly.
Stay where you are
You can also ask a friend to go home with you or stay at your place to wait until it’s time for them to leave and then drive with them. Scout around the parking lot before you go. If a stranger approaches, move away and ask them to leave.
The feeling of being followed
Stay out of a secluded area if you feel you’re being followed. Instead, drive to a populated place where there are other people around. This could be a gas station or parking lot, but it could also be an area with lights and people walking by. If the person following you continues to follow even though they know other people are around, call 911 and report the incident.
If it becomes clear that someone is following your car, try driving several blocks before turning into another street or side road. If they continue on the same path as yours, they follow you! This can be scary because we may wonder about their intentions; do not panic! The most important thing is to get home safely after attending the party, so stay calm!
Watch strange things
Be attentive to your route, and watch for detours or strange things. If you see something suspicious, drive away. If you see someone following you, drive away, or if you’re being driven by a safe driver then notify him too. If you notice anything strange or out of place, drive away. If there’s a person in your car or trying to break into it, get out immediately and run as fast as possible in the opposite direction from where they are (also known as “the most obvious thing”).
Look for a populated area.
If someone follows your car, drive slowly but keep going as fast as possible towards a populated area/ police station/ mall. If you are being followed, continue in an isolated or secluded place. Do not try to outrun the person following you.
Safety first! Also, make sure you drive safely or book a safe driver if you need more clarification about the route. Ask a friend to help you. If you see something suspicious, call the police. Don’t drink and drive! It’s always cautious about booking a personal driver so you can have a great night without worrying about the aftermath of going home.
So, remember these tips when you’re out at a party! You don’t want to get home late because of your car breaking down or something similar. It’s also important to keep an eye out for any strangers who may be following your car or trying to scam people. If something like this happens, though, don’t worry: drive slowly but fast towards populated areas like malls or police stations where more people will be around. It is always better to have a backup plan and hire a safe driver for your car to drive you back safely.