Commuting to work occupies a significant portion of our day and leaves you vulnerable to crime. Following these simple commuting safety tips will minimize these risks.

APR 22, 2023


“50% of drivers respond to the careless acts of other drivers with aggressive behavior themselves.”-American Psychology Assoc.

Commuting Safety Tips

The average American spends 90 minutes a day commuting to and from work. For many in larger cities, it is a lot more. This large amount of your time deserves some attention in regards to your safety. Following these simple commuting safety tips will help to ensure that you are not a victim of crime on your daily commute.

Always Have an Escape

When you are sitting at a traffic light or waiting in line at a stop sign, always leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of yours to drive out of an attack.

Sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic leaves you vulnerable to being robbed by a gun and run thief. Keep your doors locked and windows rolled up when you are stuck in stand still traffic.

Hit the gas if someone jumps into the passenger side door of your car and attempts to overpower you. It’s better to run into something than be abducted at gun point. The accident will create a window of opportunity for you to escape.

Gas Station Safety

Never ever, ever let your fuel level get below half a tank of gas. Adopting this habit now will pay off at some point in your lifetime. If you’ve ever been on a road trip and hit an unforeseen traffic jam, you will be glad that you are not running on fumes while you sit on the interstate in dead lock traffic with no exit ramp in sight.

Always fill up at well lit and busy gas stations. That is not say that attacks don’t happen at busy stations every day, but it does increase your safety. Most large chain stations have security cameras galore and more people means a higher risk of a thief being caught.

Accidents Happen

If you are in an accident and need to get out of your vehicle, call 911 and report the accident before doing so. This will guarantee that law enforcement is enroute to your location before placing yourself into a potentially dangerous situation with an angry driver or oncoming traffic.

Be cautious about engaging with the driver of the other car if you are rear ended. A common tactic of criminals is to purposely rear end a vehicle, forcing the hit driver to pull over and get out of the car. At this time, criminals can either rob you, steal your car, or abduct you. Astonishingly, this can all happen in a matter of minutes and passing cars may have no clue a crime has taken place.

Furthermore, if you are in an accident, you do not have to pull over immediately. Turn on your hazard lights to acknowledge to the other driver that you are aware of the collision and then drive to a well-lit and populated area to park your car. As you are driving to a safe location, you should be calling 911 to report the situation.

Carry a Self-Defense Weapon

A stun gun is the preferrable choice for use if you are attacked in your car. Pepper spray is not ideal for closed spaces and face-to-face confrontation through your car window because the fine spray will affect you as well as your attacker. Additionally, pepper spray should not be kept at the extreme temperatures the inside of your car reaches in high summer and the dead of winter.

Stun guns offer maximum effectiveness in a non-lethal weapon by using strong electrical current that will cause an attacker’s muscles to lock up in agony while you hit the gas and get out of there.

Knives are also excellent self-defense choices for protecting yourself on your commute. In addition to providing highly effective defensive protection, a self-defense blade has a multitude of other handy uses that make them a good car safety tool to keep on hand in general.

“According to CNN, the number of reported road rage incidents has increased over 500% in the last 10 years.”


Road Rage is Rising

The reality is that road rage has amplified exponentially in recent years. It used to be that an angry driver would lay on their horn and flip you the middle finger when you accidentally cut them off. Today you have to be worried about someone pulling a gun out and shooting at you!

The flip side is also true. Do not respond in anger if someone cuts you off or is driving too slowly. Behind the wheel of a half-ton weapon, aka your car, is no place to put your ego on display. You never know if the person driving the other car is carrying a pistol or may cut you off and cause a horrible crash. People are crazy these days and you have to make the decision beforehand that your life is not worth engaging with them on that level.


Pack Your Emergency Auto Kit

Emergencies happen. Weather happens. Breakdowns happen. There are a multitude of scenarios that could unfold on your commute to work that could cause you to have to spend a few hours or even a few days in your car. This is the reason you need to be prepared with an auto emergency kit.

At the very least you should be carrying the following items in your vehicle as a precaution. For a more in depth discussion of creating your own auto safety kit, please read our article 10 Decisive Items Vital to Auto Safety.

• Waterproof, comfortable walking shoes

• Warm blanket

• Bottled water (replace every 3 months)

• Flashlight and extra batteries

• Emergency cash in small bills

• Self-defense weapon

Excellent items to bolster your emergency auto safety kit include an emergency glass window breaker, a few granola bars and a power bank to recharge your phone battery if it dies.


Taking these simple safety measures can help ensure that your daily commute is a safe one. Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and stay alert to what is going on around you at all times. Safety awareness is the #1 rule of self-defense and your commute to work is no exception.

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