Calgary Police Service

Road trip safety tips

Safety tips for road trips

  • Never carry large amounts of cash; use traveler’s cheques. If you must carry large sums of money, do not display it openly.
  • Keep a record of traveler's check numbers and your credit car numbers in a safe place. Have the telephone numbers to call in case your checks or credit cards are stolen or lost.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and never advertise your plans to strangers; this includes travel routes and the amount of cash you are carrying.
  • Do not stop to offer help to a stranded motorist. Go to the nearest telephone and call for assistance.
  • If you suspect someone is following you, drive to the nearest service station, restaurant or business and call the police or sheriffs department. If you believe it is unsafe for you to get out of your car, sound your horn and flash your lights to draw attention.
  • If your car breaks down, raise the hood and attach a white flag to the antenna or door handle. If someone stops to help it is advisable that you stay in your locked car and ask them to call the police or a garage. If you must abandon you car, keep the passengers together.
  • Do not leave or carry your valuable, airplane tickets or passport in open view.
  • Take a picture of your suitcases and keep the picture(s) with you. The picture(s) may be helpful in identifying your luggage if it is lost by an airline.
  • While traveling, be sure your luggage is locked.
  • Label each piece of luggage with your name and business address.

Car security

  • Always lock your car after entering or leaving it.
  • Park in well-lighted areas.
  • Check the back seat before entering your car.
  • Mark your car radio and other removable car equipment with your driver' s license number.
  • Always lock valuables out of sight, preferably in the trunk. Always carry wallet, checkbooks and purses with you.
  • Do not advertise that you are a tourist. Place maps and travel brochures in your vehicle's glove compartment.


In an emergency always call 911

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