Women's safety in an autorickshaw
|Posted by Anoop Madhavan of Survival Instincts|
|on JUN 21, 2013|
These days women find themselves travelling by auto rickshaws during late hours. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
1. BEFORE getting into an auto ensure that the number plate in the back of the auto and the number
on the railing (separator between the driver from the passenger) are one and the same.Most of the autos will also have information such as the drivers name and the auto’s registration number (with the corporation / municipality) on the railing. Do not get into an auto that does not have anything written on the railing or one that has the number plate mismatching with the information written on the railing.
2. BEFORE your ride starts, make sure you make a quick call (30 seconds maximum), without taking your eyes of the road, to your guardian (or a responsible friend) and transmit the following information – (a) where you got in from, (b) where your destination is, (c) auto’s number plate, and (d) how long it will take you to get to your destination. Pay attention to the road while you are on this call. For example, “Dad, I am getting off the Egmore Railway Station and heading towards Kilpauk on auto number TN01 AB 1234. It should take me 15 minutes. Will call you as soon as you reach Kilpauk. Bye”
3. DURING travel, do NOT text, play video games, make / attend calls, listen to loud distracting music on ear phones, sleep, or do anything that takes your eyes of the road. Pay attention to the route that the auto is taking. If the driver wants to take an unfamiliar route, even if it is cheaper, decline the offer and instruct the driver that you would like to take only the familiar route. If it is in an unfamiliar city, make a note (or capture on camera) any landmarks you see along the way. It may not be advisable to use GPS (as GPS’s drain batteries heavily and your cell phone is useless without a battery) unless the application is very power effective.
4. DURING travels alone, sit right smack in the middle of the seat. Do not sit on the sides or keep your phone, valuables, bags etc on the side. Ensure that your duppatta, sari etc are tightly contained and cannot be pulled by anybody from outside the vehicle. Do not touch, drink or eat anything from the driver - including taking a business card. There are many disabling chemicals that can be transferred on touch.
5. DURING travel, if the driver takes a route without your permission, discourage it loudly. Please do not try to disable the driver from the back as it is a moving vehicle and an accident’s results are unpredictable. Instead (a) get the attention of the public by shouting out HELP, (b) dial the number of your guardian and keep the phone on, and (c) get out of the vehicle when it slows down or takes a turn. If someone besides the driver (friend of the driver, co passenger etc) tries to get into the vehicle (front or back), loudly discourage it and get out of the rickshaw. If you are trapped inside, scream HELP from the other side of the rickshaw, and try to disengage and escape.
6. AFTER reaching destination, make it a habit to call your guardian and inform them you have reached safely.
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About the Author
Anoop Madhavan, is the founder of Survival Instincts. He is a practitioner of MMA and Wing Chun Kung Fu. He is familiar with many other martial arts.
As a safety expert, Mr. Madhavan's expert is mostly sort by 5 star hotels, large multinational corporate houses, and big manufacturing plants. He has provided survival training for the Indian Army and various units of Army and Navy National Cadet
Corps along with first aid & disaster response training for the Indian Red Cross. He is certified by the American Red Cross both as a health & safety training instructor and an emergency medical responder. He also holds a Wilderness First Responder certification from the Center for Wilderness Safety and a Professional Lifeguard Certification from the American Lifeguards Association.
He is a member of the Fairfax Country Community Emergency Response Team, and the Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps. He holds memberships in various international safety organizations such as Canadian Society for Safety Engineering (Canada), Safety Institute of Australia (Australia) and Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (UK).
His expertise in personal and institutional safety stems from over 14 years of experience in the United States contracting for agencies such as the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).