Since there are so many dangers facing women today, a woman should not be out alone. It used to be a time when women went everywhere together. Even to the bathroom!
Today everyone is so busy that it’s hard to link up with friends. So there are times when a woman will have to be by herself.
Here are six street smart tips to use when out alone.
1. Tell someone where you are going
Anytime you are going somewhere, let someone know where you are going. As morbid as this may sound, if something happens investigators will know where to begin their search.
2. Be aware of everything around you
Look around. What do you see? Do you see a group of folks standing around and looking at you? Do you see the same normal-looking guy or girl following behind you? Evil people who want to do evil things to others are out there.
3. Trust your intuition
If your gut is telling you to get out or do something, listen!
4. Be prepared
It’s always good to have some type of weapon with you. Pepper spray, Tiger Claw, or even a bar of soap in a sock.
I did carried pepper spray at one time. Thankfully, I didn’t have to use it, but I would have. If it’s between me and whoever, I’m choosing me.
5. Dress down
When I go out alone at night, I dress like a guy. I wear loose jeans, a hoodie, and my hair pulled back into a low ponytail. Also I put my money and phone in my pockets, and leave my purse at home.
The whole time I’m in the store, I walk with my shoulders back and a resting b***h look on my face. Why? To scare folks off!
Plus, I’ve always heard and read that attackers are less likely to hassle someone if they look like they could give someone a fight.
6. Know where you are going
I can tell you, there is nothing scarier than losing GPS signal and having to pull over to a gas station to ask for directions. Doing it after dark, like I did, is even scarier!
Learn from my stupidity. Get directions ahead of time, or even better use a GPS service. There are numerous GPS apps that can help you.
Here are some awesome safety tips from an article from the blog, Adventure Mom. She gave the tips she used to survived in a big, not-so-safe city when she was in college. The article is a good read. Check it out!
Some of her tips I had learned when I was younger, and they have became like second nature to me (except for the second one but it is good advice). They are:
* Make sure that you have your keys ready before you approach your vehicle. Look in the backseat of your vehicle before opening the car door.
* If you see someone waiting in the vehicle next to yours and they make you feel uncomfortable, you can ask a security officer to escort you to your vehicle.
* Lock your vehicle immediately once you are inside. Always drive with your car doors locked.
If you’re going out, please be aware and take a buddy. Even though you have someone else with you don’t drop your guard. Trust your intuition!
However, if you have to go out alone, let someone know where you’re going, leave the purse at home, and carry a weapon.
Your safety is important. Be street-smart about it, especially when alone.
If you have any tips or comments you’d like to add, please put them down in the comment section below. I’d love to read them.