As businesses return to in-person work, it’s going to take a little time for us to dust off our commuting routines and remember the little details that keep us safe as we get around.
You’ve probably noticed by now that we’re a little obsessed with safety over here at TASER Self-Defense. So as our people look into making their commute by car, foot, bike or public transit, we invited them to share their tips for safer commuting, no matter how you choose to get yourself from A to B.
5 Safety Tips for Commuting Drivers
Being surrounded by doors and locks doesn’t automatically mean you’re safe. Here are some helpful tips for car commuters.
- Park in a well-lit area, preferably in a place with people around.
- Don’t leave valuables visible. Place them in your trunk or cover them with a jacket.
- Change up your commute route occasionally. You don’t want to be too predictable.
- Try to avoid using the phone or headphones/earbuds as you get in and out of your car. This will keep you from being distracted and missing signs that something isn’t right.
- If you break down when it’s dark outside, a TASER StrikeLight stun gun/flashlight will help protect you (and illuminate you) until assistance arrives.
4 Safety Tips for Public Transportation
Over the years, mass transportation has gotten a lot safer for commuters. But, that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down.
1. Download your transit’s app. Most mass transportation companies include ways to report suspicious activity.
2. Let your colleagues know your expected arrival time. This way they know to check in if you don’t get in on time.
3. Secure your valuables as much as possible so they aren’t easy to grab, and wear purses or laptop bag straps across your body.
4. For extra personal protection, tuck an ultra-portable StrikeLight or Pulse+ in a secure but reachable place.
3 Safety Tips for Commuters Who Walk or Bike
Taking your commute outside? In addition to being aware of your surroundings, we have a few suggestions to incorporate as part of your routine.
1. We know it’s tempting, but don’t use both earbuds. Having both sight AND sound available will help your brain better perceive the possibility of a threat.
2. Be confident in your actions (walkers in particular) and keep your head up. You’re less likely to be seen as a potential target. (And carrying a TASER Pulse+ can’t hurt either!)
3. Wear the right shoes and use the right equipment. You don’t want to be slowed down or tripped up at the wrong time. Bring your work shoes along and switch them out once you arrive safely.
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