Your car is one of your most valuable and most important assets, and you need to treat it that way. Losing your car, either by it being stolen or seriously damaged, will mean losing many thousands of dollars, losing access to transport, and forfeiting a large part of your freedom. Keeping your car safe should be one of your top priorities since it is so valuable, so here are 5 ways you can do just that.
Stop Driving Like a Jerk
Driving recklessly and aggressively is bad for many reasons, including the safety of your car. If you don't drive properly, you risk getting into an accident that will damage your car and can injure you. Additionally, driving your car too hard can cause wear and tear damage on parts such as tires and brakes. Following the rules of the road and respecting other cars can prevent this. Also, many cases of vandalism come from aggrieved drivers seeking some kind of retribution. If you are rude or aggressive towards another driver, they may want to damage or deface your car. Being respectful and conscientious while on the road is a requirement of being a good car owner. And let’s face it—nobody likes driving on the road with a jerk anyway.
Put Motion Sensors In the Garage
Your garage is possibly your most at-risk place in your house for theft. Any thief will know that you have a car stored in it, it will be harder to hear someone breaking in, and garage security is generally less extensive than house security. Installing better security measures is the best way to avoid this, and the best option for that is motion sensors. These will detect if anyone is getting too close to your garage or attempting to break into it. Modern motion sensors are smart enough to know the difference between a pet and a human intruder. Knowing if a person is breaking into your garage gives you enough time to call the police and stop them before they even see your car.
Be Careful Where You Park
The majority of car thefts will happen when you are parked in a public place, which is why you need to be very careful where you choose to park it. The best option is to find a covered garage, which you will need to pay for, but it is much less than the cost of a new car or your insurance deductible. A covered garage is the safest public way to park since there will be people working there, plenty of other people and cars around, and security cameras and barriers. When this is not available, try to find a busy and well-lit area to park in, as the more light and people that are around, the less likely a thief will attempt to break into a car.
Install A GPS Tracker
Following these tips should help you avoid having your car stolen, but if it does happen, then you want to be prepared. Installing a GPS tracker on your car is the best way to know where your vehicle is at all times. If your car does turn up missing, you can find it at the click of a button and give this information to the police to get your car back and hopefully catch the thieves. Not only does a GPS tracker help keep your car safe, but it can also keep your teens safe by letting you monitor their location in real time while they drive.
Secure Any Valuables
Since cars are becoming more difficult to steal, one of the most common reasons they are broken into is to steal valuables and money. While this means you won't lose your car, it will still get seriously damaged in the process and need expensive repairs. The best way to avoid this is to make sure any valuables are out of sight. If a phone, laptop, wallet, or cash is sitting in plain sight, then a passerby may get the urge to smash their way in to take them. Your glove compartment and trunk are there for a reason—or to be even safer, take valuables with you when you leave the car.
Protecting your car from any danger is a big responsibility, but the amount of value and necessity your car has means you need to take the proper steps to save it from any bad guys wanting to steal it. Follow these tips and tricks and you won't have anything to worry about.