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Mutual Insurance Announces On-line Safety Manual
tips on Auto and Home Safety
New York, NY – April 10th, 2003 - "Your Safety: Part of Our Mission" is a new online
guide that provides homeowners with nearly 50 different things they can do around the house and in the
car to help prevent accidents and injuries.
viewed or printed and contains suggestions that homeowners can do themselves or that will help guide
professionals and contractors they choose to repair or maintain their property.
While largely concerned with tips for home safety, the guide also contains important information about
car safety, including instructions on how to prevent theft and carjacking, as well as guidelines for staying
Suggestions for preventing theft of your vehicle include: installing security devices, such as a steering
wheel lock, car alarm or vehicle tracking system; never leaving the keys in the ignition, even if you only
leave your car for a moment; keep personal items such as gifts and expensive items out of sight in the
truck while parking; park with your emergency brake on and your wheels turned sharply to the left or right
to prevent thieves with tow trucks from stealing your car and park your car in a locked garage, if possible.
For those concerned with carjackings, guidelines include: staying alert and watch for suspicious people
lurking nearby or moving toward your vehicle; drive with your windows closed and the doors locked; if
another car bumps you – stay in your car and drive to the nearest police station or public place; don’t stop
at isolated pay phones, ATM machines, mailboxes or newspaper stands; park in well-lit areas, and if
threatened by a carjacker, remember that your safety and the safety of your passengers is your only
Common sense tips for remaining safe on the road include: use courtesy while driving and anticipate
that other drivers may make unsafe driving decisions; prevent incidents from escalating into “road rage”
by not engaging in unnecessary eye contact with other drivers, by letting aggressive drivers pass you and
by ignoring rude gestures or comments.
The guide can be downloaded free of charge using the above website address.