DoDEA OSS: Safety and Security Tips: Car Trouble
- On the road: Set out warning triangle and/or flares; raise the hood; activate emergency flashers, lock the doors and stay inside. If someone stops to offer assistance, roll the window down slightly and ask them to notify the police or a road service agency. If you feel unsure of the situation, don't get out of the vehicle until the police or road service arrive.
- Call boxes: In many western European countries, call boxes are located at regular intervals on major highways. Use these to call for help and then return to your vehicle.
- While parked: Be wary of assistance offered by strangers. Telephone a friend or road service for assistance. If you feel threatened by strangers, stay in the vehicle with the doors locked. Use the vehicle horn if you need to attract attention.
Sources for Additional Information
The U.S. Department of State operates a 24 hour per day information center. Travel advisories for countries and areas can be obtained from the center, and travelers can report emergencies involving U.S. citizens. Information concerning marriages overseas, citizenship questions, and judicial services can also be obtained. The telephone number is (202) 647-5225.
Most U.S. military transportation offices maintain travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State through Department of Defense channels.
Pamphlets and publications can provide valuable information concerning general security issues and crime prevention tips; but they should not be used as a sole source of such information. The most current and specific information can and should be obtained from Law Enforcement Officials, Security Officers, and/or U.S. Embassy Regional Security Officers in the area in which you live or are planning to travel.
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