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Prevent auto theft
Drive to survive
Curt Rich.
Osceola, WI : MBI Publishing, 1998.
In the last 15 years, new crimes have littered the headlines and nightly news with terms like drive-by shooting, carkjacking, and "road rage." In this new book, combat veteran, self-defense national SCCA auto racing champion Curt Rich offers an arsenal of defensive combat survival and race-car driving techniques applicable to everyday motorists who are increasingly finding themselves in life-threatening situations. What should the driver do if he or she is being followed, harassed, shot at, carjacked, or kidnapped? How can the motorist maximize braking, comer quickly, and use his or her car as a weapon? Also explained are evasive driving techniques like the bootlegger hairpin, J-turns, and running an assailant off the road. Fifty black-and-white illustrations detail the tactics described.
     
Terror on the highway : rage on America's roads
Paul Eberle.
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2006.
Journalist Eberle explores the phenomenon of road rage in the United States. He surveys types of road rage behavior and examines the psychological and social evidence for why people engage in such behavior. He also discusses how to recognize potential road rage drivers and how to avoid becoming a victim of them, along with proposals on how to change American traffic systems to reduce incidents of road rage. Annotation #169;2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
     
Driving techniques : for the professional & non professional
by Anthony J. Scotti.
Palm Coast, Fla. : PhotoGraphics, c2004.
Whether you drive for a living, live to drive, or drive just to get yourself around, safe driving means being aware of situations that cause accidents or injuries and knowing what you can do to avoid or prevent them. Using a variety of driving scenarios, this book walks you step by step through the intricacies of the Driving System -- the Driver, the Vehicle and the Driving Environment. You'll learn how to maintain your vehicle -- and it's driver -- in optimum condition for taking to the road, and how to maintain vehicle control in both everyday and emergency situations -- in a variety of road and weather conditions. Book jacket.
     
Ride hard, ride smart : ultimate street strategies for advanced motorcyclists
Pat Hahn ; [photography by Kim Halvorson].
St. Paul, MN : Motorbooks International, 2004.
Just when you think there's nothing left to learn about riding safely, along comes Ride Hard, Ride Smart by Pat Hahn. With years of experience in motorcycle safety and strategy as a springboard, Hahn digs deep into safe riding techniques to develop new, big-picture, and sometimes unorthodox methods of staying safe on two wheels. This includes subtle mental strategies, off-beat advice, explicit techniques for dealing with trouble, and lifesaving tips for beating the odds. Through it all Hahn weaves irony and humor to keep it fun. Hahn rates motorcycle risk and riding on a scale of one to ten, tne being mere moments away from certain death, and one being home safe in bed. Every motorcycle ride falls somewhere in between. Using what Hahn calls the three degrees of separation -- riding strategies, training and skills, and protective gear -- a rider can reduce the risk to a controllable level. All motorcyclists, from beginners to veterans, have it within their power to become better riders. Let Ride Hard, Ride Smart help you to have more fun on the road and to return home safe after each ride. Book jacket.
     

According to the 2008 FBI Uniform Crime Reports, there were an estimated 794,616 thefts of motor vehicles nationwide. An experienced thief can steal your car in less than a minute. Many of them simply smash the windows. Most cars are stolen for their parts. A $20,000 stolen vehicle can be stripped and sold into $30,000 worth of parts.

Here are a few precautions you can take to reduce the odds of becoming a victim of auto theft:

  • Never leave your car running while you just run in the store for a purchase. Take your keys and lock the doors. Be cautious when warming up the car on cold mornings.
  • Lock your doors and roll up all the windows as soon as you get in your car. An assailant can be hiding anywhere around your car. And you donít want to be a victim at a stoplight.
  • Park in a well-lit area or in a parking lot with an attendant. Robbers donít like witnesses to their crimes. Over half of all thefts occur after sundown.
  • Donít leave valuables in plain site. You will make your car more desirable and attract thieves. While in the car, place your purse or other bags on the floor behind you.
  • Install a mechanical device that locks the steering wheel or brake pedal. It alerts criminals that your vehicle is protected. Place a theft deterrent decal in the windows.

Top 5 Stolen Vehicles

1995 Honda Accord    
1991 Honda Civic     
1989 Toyota Camry    
1997 Ford F-150 Pickup   
1994 Chevrolet C/K 1500

more on the list

Today auto manufactures automatically install a tracking device that emits a signal to police or a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen. They help authorities recover your stolen vehicle.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff