Simple things like keeping your car in good running order and planning your route can avoid traumatic situations.Top 10 general-safety tips for women1 Think ahead: Plan your route and travel on well-used roads.2 Make sure your navigation system is up-to-date.3 Night drive? Always tell somebody your route, destination and what time you expect to arrive. If your plans change, tell them.4 Make sure your cellphone is fully charged, but out of sight, when driving.5 Don't EVER pick up hitch-hikers.6 Ensure your car is serviced regularly. Yes, you have to check your petrol, oil, coolant and tyres every now and then.7 Keep the doors locked and the windows closed as much as possible, especially instop-go traffic or when traveling alone.8 Always be aware of your surroundings.9 Keep your handbag, laptop bag or shopping bags in the boot - always, but keep your cell phone, some money and house keys separate. Don’t leave them on the passenger seat or behind the front seats.10 Most important: Be confident! Know where you going and how to get there. Be alert and keep fit. Have a good posture, keep your head up and don’t be distracted by talking on a phone or rummaging in your handbag.