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Women, Avoid Getting Ripped Off By a Mechanic

Women, Avoid Getting Ripped Off By a MechanicHaving your car break down is certainly not one of life’s little joys. However it is a fact of life that occasionally you will have to take your car to a mechanic, and for women this can be a much more expensive trip than for a man. There are mechanics who will try to take advantage of women and try and rip them off, women there are ways that you can avoid this.

Most mechanics typically think that women do not know much if anything about cars, and honestly this is often true. This also leads them to believe that they can rip women off when they bring in their cars for regular maintenance or for a repair. Many women find themselves feeling helpless because they do not know much about cars and if a mechanic says they need to have something done, then surely it does need it.

One way that you can avoid being ripped of is to bring a male with you when you take your vehicle in. It does not matter if it is your husband, boyfriend, or just a friend. When a mechanic sees that you have a male with you they tend to think that they will not be able to rip you off. First they will assume that the male that is with you will know at least something about vehicles. They will know that if they tell you that you need something when you really do not need it, there is a good chance that the male will step in and say something. So the next time you need to take your car in, try and find a male in your life that is willing to come along.

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You do not have to go to school to be a mechanic or rebuild a car to know a thing or two about your car. With the internet comes a wide variety of websites that can provide information to you about your vehicle and what is wrong with it. You have the option of taking your car to the mechanic and getting it diagnosed, leave and do some research before taking it back and having the work done. Do not forget that vehicles come with a resource of their own, the owner’s manual has tons of information on your vehicle in it and it is worth reading through.

Do not forget that you are paying for this service. If you are for any reason unhappy with the service that you have received you do have the right to complain. The shop should want your business again and they should want you to spread a positive word of mouth about them. This should drive them to make you happy. Talk to a manager and explain the situation and why you are not happy. Do not get angry, keep calm. They are more likely to want to make the situation right if you remain calm.

When it comes to having their car fixed women do have somewhat of a disadvantage, if they chose to. They have the ability to make the experience better so that they will not be ripped off. Remember ladies, do not be a victim of a mechanic taking advantage of you, you have the ability to be treated fairly and not pay for things that are not needed.

Safety Tips for Women Who Are Walking Alone In a Parking Lot

There are times where women cannot avoid walking alone. Whether it is to or from the car while at work, or at the grocery store, or even at the mall, there are times when a woman walks alone and needs some safety tips just in case. Here are some tips that every woman should know for when she is in a situation where she has to walk alone.

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It may feel like paranoia, but when there is someone walking behind you sometimes you may feel like they are following you. They may be on their way to their own car which happens to be near yours, or they may actually be following you, you do not know. If you feel like they may be following you, turn around and ask a question or make a statement. You could ask directions to another location, or ask them what time it is, or even talk about the weather. The point of this is you are getting a good look at their face, if they were planning on attacking you in any way they may change their mind now that you have gotten a good look at their face and would be able to pick them out in a line up.

If that does not seem to make the person want to leave you alone and they are more intent on coming after you make sure to put your hand up and yell, do not say, stop. If you have pepper spray, yell that at them too. Do not say it, yell it. You need to use your voice and body language to let the criminal know that you are going to put up a fight. Many criminals do not want to fight with someone; they want an easy target, if they know that you are going to put up a fight they are more likely to move on.

Always be aware of the vehicle parked next to yours. Is it empty? Is there someone in the vehicle? Sometimes criminals will wait on the passenger side of the vehicle trying to look as though they are waiting for someone to come back out to the car only to grab a woman when get tries to get into the car next to them. If you are suspicious of someone, simply get in on the passenger’s side. Always lock the doors as soon as you get in and shut the door.

You also need to pay attention to the type of vehicle that is parked next to yours. Is it a normal car with normal windows or is it a large van with no back windows? This is another sign that you should get in on the passenger’s side. There are criminals who own these large vans without windows and open the door and grab women when they are trying to get into their car. So remember when in doubt, get in on the passenger’s side, or go in and request a security guard walk you to your car and wait for you to get in, and always lock your doors immediately.

As a woman you should try to prepare for anything that you can. Knowing these things will help you to prepare to protect yourself should you have to. Remember to remain calm and strong. You may be viewed as weak, but you are strong and you can show it!

Safety Tips for Women

Safety Tips for WomenYou have probably heard people say that it is better to be safe than sorry. If you are a woman this is very true. Women are seen by criminals as more weak than their male counterparts, thus making them more of a target. Here are some safety tips that any woman can follow.

Some women like to take the stairs for additional exercise. It seems like a good idea, until you think about what could happen. Not very many people take the stairs, most prefer the elevator. This means that if you take the stairs you could be alone, with the exception of a criminal. They could be hiding out waiting for a woman to be taking them alone. Then the criminal has the ability to attack the woman without anyone being around to help her. So the next time you have the choice, be lazy, take the elevator, and save your work out for the gym, that is why they are there.

If you have to walk to and from anywhere alone modify your outfit. You may have a beautiful scarf that goes great with the outfit you are wearing today, keep it in your purse until you get to your desk. If you are out walking a scarf is something that is easy for a criminal to grab. Another way to modify your outfit is to not wear your heals until you are at work as well. If you have to run from an assailant you will have a difficult time doing that in heals. Think about what you can do to modify your outfit everyday to keep yourself safe and able to run or fight back, after all it can be difficult to fight and kick in a short skirt.

One thing that you should do is make eye contact with everyone. Criminals look for those who seem to be the weakest, as they do not fight back as much. Those who keep their heads down and do not make eye contact seem weaker. If you keep your body language strong, keep your head held high and make eye contact they will not see you as a weaker person and therefore you will be less likely to be targeted.

If a criminal manages to catch you off guard and you do have to fight, remember you could be fighting for your life, so give it all you got. Hit them were it hurts. The most sensitive areas will be their eyes, their nose, their throat, their groin, and the back of their knee. The strongest point on your body is your elbow, so if you get the opportunity to use it, do. Repeatedly attack these areas until the assailant is down and you can run for help. Do not look back just keep going until you have reached help.

There are ways that you can try and prevent a criminal trying to attack you, but sometimes you cannot avoid it. If you cannot avoid it you need to fight like your life depends on it, and in some cases it might. Knowing how to avoid situations and fight back if you cannot avoid those situations is very valuable knowledge.

Safety Tips for Women Who Are Traveling

Safety Tips for Women Who Are TravelingWomen should never stop thinking about safety, even when they are traveling. Women travel for various reasons and it can be all too easy to get preoccupied and forget about safety. You must always keep safety on your mind. There will be criminals wherever you go and you must be prepared.

When you are looking for a hotel to stay at consider finding a smaller one. The smaller the hotel the smaller the lobby will be. This makes it easier to remember who was hanging around in the lobby as there is not as much room for people. It also makes it easier for the staff to remember people and their faces. There are not so many people that they cannot keep track of them all.

Before booking the room, call the hotel. Ask them if the room number is printed on the card holder or on the card. This matters because when people lose their card they typically do not lose the card holder. If you lose the card and it has the room number on it, whoever finds it will have access to your room. If that person happens to be a criminal you could be in for some trouble.

When you book your room request one that is near the stairs or the elevator whichever the hotel has. This way you do not have to go down a long hallway if someone is following you. You should also find out if there is construction and make sure that you request a room that is not near the construction. That makes a difference because you do not know who would be hanging out in that area.

You must remember not to be too trusting. Most women are more trusting than men are. This is something that many criminals count on. Not all criminals look like they are criminals. There are many who are clean cut and good looking. They can catch you off your guard. Do not trust someone just because they are wearing nice close and are well groomed. Always keep your guard up.

If you are out and about and you do need to stop and ask for help of any kind it is best to stop and ask a family that has a mother and children. They are less likely to want to attack you. You can always tell them you are supposed to meet your husband or boyfriend somewhere but are unsure of how to get there. While they are less likely to want to attack you, you do still need to keep your guard up because you just never know.

Even when traveling women need to keep safety in mind. Criminals are everywhere and if given a chance they will take advantage of whoever they can. Do not let them take advantage of you, keep safety on your mind at all times no matter where you are.

Safety Tips for Women Going Out With Friends

Safety Tips for Women Going Out With FriendsGoing out can be fun and one of the safest ways to do it is with some friends. Even when you are going out to have fun with friends you need to keep safety in mind. Here are some safety tips for all women when they go out with their friends.

You should ride to wherever you are going with at least one of your friends. This way you will have someone to walk to and from the car with. You do not want to walk through the parking lot alone; this would make it easier for a criminal to take advantage of you. Walking with a friend gives you strength in numbers.

Many women think that it is okay to leave their purse alone for a few minutes without making sure someone is watching it. Whether it is to go dancing or to play some music, they will just walk away from it for a minute or two. This is not a good idea, it only takes a few seconds for someone to walk up, make sure no one is paying attention, grab it, and walk away. Make sure that one of your friends are going to watch it before walking away from it, if they cannot or will not, make sure to take it with you.

Never, ever walk away from your drink. This is a huge mistake! If you do tell the bartender that you do not want it because you walked away from it and purchase a new drink. It only takes a second for someone to drop something into your drink when you are not paying attention. Do not walk away from a drink. Finish it before you leave the glass unattended.

Make a deal with your friends that you will look out for them and they will look out for you. You do not want to drink too much and you do not want your friends to drink too much either. When you drink too much you tend to make bad decisions. You cannot always trust someone you just met and you do not want to be put in a bad situation. Watch out for each other and you will be able to have a good time without having to worry so much about criminals.

Going out can be a lot of fun, especially after a long, stressful week. If you want to be able to do it again you should do what you can to avoid criminals and the trouble they bring. By going out with your friends you can look out for each other and keep each other safe. This way you get to have a good time with your good friends and criminals with be discouraged by the numbers you have.

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    Safety Tips for Women Who Live Alone

    Safety Tips for Women Who Live AloneFor many women living alone is an exciting time. You do not have to share your space or your things with anyone. You get to decorate the way you want and you do not have to compromise on anything. However when you are a woman living alone you need to take your safety into consideration. Here are some tips for all the women who live alone to stay safe.

    The first thing you should do when you get home is to lock the door behind you. You do not want anyone to follow you into your home. Leaving your door unlocked makes it very easy for a criminal to get in. The best thing you can do is to lock it behind you. This should help to give you peace of mind.

    Whenever you leave your home you should lock the door behind you as well. It does not matter if you are going to work or if you are going to get the mail. If you live in an apartment building and are going to go to the laundry room you should still lock your door. This may seem like a waste of time but by leaving your door unlocked a criminal could sneak in while you are gone and surprise you when you get back. For safety purposes you should always lock your door behind you whenever you step out for any reason.

    If you have a friend who also lives alone become safety buddies. Check in with each other regularly to make sure the other is safe. This way you both are always accounted for. This will also help to give you peace of mind, not only by knowing your friend is safe, but by knowing that someone is looking out for you.

    If you live alone in a house instead of an apartment it is a good idea to get some motion sensing lights for outside. This way you can tell if someone is outside. If someone is sneaking around outside you will be alerted to it and you can call the police if needed. Motion sensing lights also tend to cause criminals to not want to stay in that area because they do not want to be seen and the light makes it much easier for someone to see them.

    Living alone can give a woman a great sense of freedom. You need to keep safety in mind however or your freedom could be compromised by a criminal. Do not risk your safety. You can live alone and be safe at the same time. Common sense will help you take the steps you need to keep you safe while you live alone.

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      Women’s Safety Tips When Getting into Your Car

      When you are leaving the office for the night or leaving the mall after shopping all day it can be dark out. Going to and getting into your car can be more dangerous than you think. Here are some safety tips for women who find themselves in this situation.

      First when you are preparing to leave the building you are in, look around. Take note of any other vehicles, any security that might be around, or any people that are just standing around. You need to know where you vehicle is in relation to all those other cars and people.

      Have your keys ready to get into your car. If you have pepper spray on your key chain, have it out and ready to use just in case you find yourself in the position that you need it. If you do not have pepper spray put one car key in between each of your fingers. You can use this for self-defense should you need to.

      When you get to your car before getting in, you need to make sure to look in your vehicle. Check the back seat and all other areas someone could be hiding. Even if you keep your car locked does not mean that it will be safe, someone may have figured out a way to unlock your car and get in, or it could happen to be the one day that you forgot to lock the car on your way inside.

      Once you get in your car the very first thing that you should do is lock your doors behind you. This way no one will be able to come up and just open the door and get in. You should also avoid sitting in the parking lot doing various things such as balancing your checkbook. While it is unlikely that a criminal is going to try to break your window to get in when your doors are locked you do not want to risk it.

      If you get into your car and notice a piece of paper on your windshield or back window do not get out and get it. Wait until you get to your next destination to get it. This is a way that criminals use to get you out of your car so they can either get in and steal it or get in and hide until you get in. Do not fall for this. Just wait to get whatever it is.

      As a woman you need to always be careful. Safety needs to be a top priority for every woman. Knowing these tips can help keep any woman safe. Let the other women you know about these tips so that they too can be safe.

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        Some Safety Tips for Women When Out and About

        Women are typically viewed as weak and easy targets. This is one reason why some feel they can take advantage of women. The more safety tips women know the better the chance they have at not having something happen to them. Here are some safety tips that every women should know.

        You should always be aware of your surroundings. If you are out shopping alone and you notice something or someone that looks suspicious in the store find an employee and let them know, they can have security deal with it so you do not have to. This also applies to the parking lot. If you are going to leave and you see something or someone that seems to be suspicious and you are uncomfortable walking to your car alone, you can go inside and request a security guard walk you to your car. Once they get you to your car safely if they feel that whatever made you uncomfortable needs dealt with, they will be right there to deal with it. You must always be aware of your surroundings; before you walk into a situation you must survey it.

        Once you have surveyed the situation you should be aware of an escape route. If something were to happen, say you notice someone walking quickly toward you; you need to know the best way to get out of the situation. It could be going back to where you were, getting to your vehicle, getting to someone else, or a different store altogether. Finding your escape route is an important part of surveying the situation.

        When you are out and about in your vehicle you should keep your doors locked at all times. Newer cars automatically lock the doors for you when you put it in drive, but older vehicles do not, so you have to do it yourself. You may wonder why you should have your doors locked when you are driving. You may not hear about carjackings much anymore but they do still happen. Women seem to be an easier target as these thieves feel they will not fight back as much. If you keep your doors locked they will not be able to simply open the door and get in or force you out, giving you the ability to drive away and call the police.

        Ladies, do you have pepper spray? If not you should consider getting some. This is a good self defense tool. It does not do permanent damage to the person you use it on, but it will definitely stop them from trying to hurt you. You can find pepper spray almost anywhere, almost all sporting good stores have it and you can even get it online. It is not a bad idea to practice some with it so that if you do ever have to use it you are able to get someone in the eyes, you do not want to miss and have them take it from you. Keep in mind when practicing to aim a little high, at the forehead; this is because the spray will run down into their eyes, where if you go to low it will not be effective at all.

        Ladies, do not be a victim. Know how to protect yourself and keep yourself out of bad situations. Know when you need to have someone with you and when you should avoid a situation all together. Being prepared can save you from having something awful happen to you. The more you know, the better prepared you can be. Share your knowledge with all the women in your life so you can all be safe.

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