Car safety has never been more important. Vehicle theft is on the rise and there are more cars than ever on the roads, meaning the risk of road traffic incidents is increasing.

Staying safe on the roads involves keeping your car secure and driving sensibly to avoid injuries and accidents on the roads. Below, we have listed some top car safety tips to keep your vehicle, yourself, and your passengers out of harm’s way.

Keep Your Car Locked at All Times

Whether your car is parked on your driveway, in a car park, or on the side of the road, it should be locked at all times when you are not in it. Even while you are driving, you should get into the habit of locking your doors and windows so that carjackers can’t access your vehicle when it is stationary at red lights.

Get yourself a remote car starter that enables you to lock, unlock, and start your vehicle from before. This way, you will be in control of your vehicle from multiple locations and you can make sure that it is locked if you spot any suspicious people lurking around.

Get Your Car Serviced Annually

In most places, it’s illegal to drive a vehicle, whether it’s a used car or a brand-new one if it has not been serviced within the last year. Getting a full service not only keeps you out of legal trouble but also ensures that your car is safe to drive.

During a car service, a qualified mechanic will check over the mechanics and electrics of your car to identify any potential faults. If they spot any major issues in your vehicle that could put the health and safety of you and other drivers at risk, they will fix the problem immediately.

Be Vigilant on the Roads

It’s important for any driver to be vigilant at all times when on the roads. From the moment you get behind the wheel and turn your engine on, you need to be focused.

Of course, you should always follow the rules of the road and stay within the legal speed limit. Use your indicators, headlights, and windscreen wipers appropriately.

If you’re driving to an unfamiliar place, plan your route ahead of time so that you don’t need to constantly look at your satnav. When you know where you’re going, you’ll be able to focus on the road ahead and quickly spot potential hazards.

Keep the Car Keys Safe

Forgetting your keys when you leave a shop or restaurant, or dropping them on the floor by accident invites opportunistic car thieves to steal your vehicle. Similarly, leaving your car keys close to windows or doors in your home makes them easy for passers-by to spot.

You should always keep your keys somewhere safe, whether that is in a zipped pocket or a closed purse. When you are out in public, keep your purse close by your side to make it difficult for thieves to grab it.