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AAA OFFERS SUGGESTIONS TO KEEP SAFE WHILE TRAVELING

 ORLANDO, Fla., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Travelers concerned about safety can minimize their chances of being a victim of crime by following some advice from the American Automobile Association.
 AAA recommends the following safety measures for travelers:
 -- Keep a full take of gas;
 -- Keep your vehicle in good mechanical condition, and have it
 checked by your mechanic before starting your trip;
 -- Stay on well-lighted, well-traveled roads;
 -- Plan ahead -- select your route on a map ahead of time and study
 it to know exactly where you are going. Avoid high-crime areas
 even if it means going out of your way;
 -- Lock all doors and keep the windows closed when driving through
 unfamiliar neighborhoods;
 -- Do not pick up hitchhikers;
 -- Keep your purse or wallet, jewelry, packages and other valuables
 out of sight. When you park your car, slip them into the trunk
 or under the seat;
 -- Don't carry large amounts of cash. Use travelers cheques or
 credit cards instead;
 -- Always lock your vehicle when you leave it;
 -- Park close to your destination, preferably on a well-lighted
 street. If you park in a lot or garage, pick one that is well-
 lighted and staffed with an attendant 24 hours daily.
 -- If you are being followed, do not drive home or to your hotel.
 Drive to the nearest police or fire station, or a well-staffed
 service station;
 -- Do not stop for flashing headlights. Police vehicles have red or
 blue lights;
 -- If a car blocks your car intentionally, blast the horn repeatedly
 for help, but stay in your locked vehicle;
 -- When stopped at an intersection, leave enough room between
 vehicles for an escape route;
 -- If you become lost, drive to a service station or well-lighted
 public place to read a map or ask for directions.
 If your vehicle breaks down on the highway, AAA recommends the following:
 -- Signal and pull completely off the road onto the shoulder;
 -- Turn on your emergency flashers;
 -- Tie a cloth onto the driver's door handle or antenna, or use a
 reflector or other safety device to signal for help;
 -- Lock all doors and roll up windows;
 -- If someone other than a uniformed police officer stops, roll down
 the window only enough to ask them to telephone the police, your
 auto club or a service station;
 -- Because surroundings and hazards vary, use your best judgment in
 deciding whether to stay with your vehicle or to go for help;
 -- A car phone is a good investment if you drive alone frequently
 and can be used to summon help in the event of a breakdown or
 emergency.
 You are particularly vulnerable when entering or leaving your car. If you notice someone loitering about your vehicle, walk past it to find help. Look inside the car before opening it, and take special note of the back seat floor and underneath the vehicle.
 AAA is a not-for-profit federation of 139 motor clubs with more than 1,000 offices providing its members in the United States and Canada with travel, insurance, financial and auto-related services.
 -0- 4/8/93
 /CONTACT: Jerry Cheske or Geoff Sundstrom of the American Automobile Association, 407-444-8000/


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