It is important to look after yourself all the time, not just while you are in college. Here's a few tips to keep you safe!

Top 10 tips for Personal Safety

1. Do not walk alone at night. Walk in numbers.
2. When at all possible, stick to busy streets with lots of lighting and traffic. Do not take dodgy shortcuts.
3. Try to avoid talking on your mobile or listening to an Ipod, as either will make you less aware of your surroundings and also advertise that you have something worth stealing.
4. If you think you're being followed, go to somewhere busy and flag down a taxi.
5. Always make sure someone knows when you're going out, if and when you're coming back, and whom you'll be with. When you're on your way home, let someone know when to expect you.
6. Only use licensed taxis and hackneys. Take note of the taxi licence number and key it into your phone or text it to a friend. When you arrive at your destination ask the driver to wait until you get inside the door before leaving again.
7. Do not leave keys to your home in an easily accessible or guessable place. Everyone knows to look on top of the door frame, or under the mat, potted plant or just inside the letterbox.
8. Always be aware of who's around you when you go to an ATM. Do not use ATMs at night on isolated streets - always choose those with good lighting.
9. Don't be afraid to act assertively if you are uncomfortable or if you think someone is acting inappropriately.
10. When you're walking: avoid while out walking alone, if possible, heavily overgrown areas, alleys and little traveled side streets and high crime rate areas. Do walk with authority, displaying an air of confidence and purpose of destination. Be alert to your surroundings.

Looking after your stuff: The stuff you take with you to college is valuable to you - so it makes sense to look after it and protect it when you're away. Whether you're living in halls, in student-specific private accommodation or private houses, it just makes sense to do everything you can to prevent loss or damage to your stuff.

Keeping things under lock and key: Unfortunately, because things are valuable to you, they may be valuable to someone else. You need to take care of your possessions - don't leave them on show in your room or your car, don't leave them in common spaces. Keep your door locked, particularly if you're living with people you don't know long enough to trust completely. If you are travelling home for the weekend, do not leave your valuables in your student accommodation, bring them with you.

Road Safety

While in college you may be just learning do drive. It is so important to be safe and vigilant on the roads, for the benefit of you and other road users. Even if you have been driving for some time, road safety information is always useful. Here are some tips when dealing with certain weather conditions that may make it harder to drive in.

TOP TIPS FOR ROAD USERS IN WET, FLOODED, AND WINDY CONDITIONS

When driving in wet and windy conditions road users need to take particular care. Specifically drivers should heed the following advice:

  • It takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front.
  • Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road
  • Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds
  • Take special care when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your visibility
  • Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists
  • Drive with dipped headlights at all times
  • Be aware of the danger of aquaplaning especially on roads with 100 km/h and 120 km/h roads.
  • Check tyres and replace them if the thread depth is below 3mm
With added risks posed by wet or flooded roads the RSA has the following advice;
  • If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, do not attempt to drive through it. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think.
  • After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance - this helps to dry the brakes.
  • Sometimes roads can be closed due to their fragile state after wet weather or because they are blocked by flooding.
  • Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic
  • Watch out for washed out roads, earth slides, broken water or sewer mains, loose or downed electrical wires, and fallen or falling objects
Advice for Pedestrians & Cyclists;
  • Be seen. Wear a high visibility jacket or reflective armband
  • Walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths
  • Take extra care when near traffic or crossing the road in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
The RSA has prepared a helpful guide 'Severe Weather Advice for Road Users' which you can download from the RSA's website. It has lots more useful advice on dealing with the difficult road conditions in all kinds of severe weather.

Top 10 tips for Winter Driving

Driving conditions in winter are not great at the best of times. Here are some tips to keep you safe during the winter months. Taking a number of simple precautions can ensure safety on Irish roads during winter. Don't get caught out if severe weather hits, make the necessary checks on your vehicle now. There are a number of simple precautions the RSA advises for driving over the winter months:

1. Check your tyres..they are your only contact with the road. Tyres should be at least the minimum legal thread depth of 1.6mm but need to be changed before they get this worn. Tyres need to be to the correct tyre pressure to give the motorist the best chance in extreme conditions.
2. Use your lights. As we come into the winter months, motorists are advised to use dipped head lights during the day so you are easily seen. Headlights and taillights should be in working order.
3. Understand your brakes. Check your car manual and find out if your vehicle has safety assist technology such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) or Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). Learn how these technologies can assist your driving in harsh weather conditions.
4. Safe Distance. It takes longer to stop a car during the winter weather so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the car in front.
5. Make sure you can clearly see. All too often motorists do not de-fog or de-ice windows and mirrors which can compromise visibility. This winter ensure windows and mirrors are clear, and carry a de-icer and screen scraper. Do not use boiling water as this can crack the windscreen.
6. Beware of "Black Ice". Black Ice is one of winter's biggest hazards as it is difficult to see. Watch out for sheltered/ shaded areas on roads, under trees and near high walls.
7. Be prepared. During these winter months it is advised that motorists carry a number of essentials in the boot of their car:

  • High visibility vest
  • Spare fuel
  • Appropriate footwear in case you need to leave your vehicle e.g. boots
  • A hazard warning triangle
  • Spare wheel (Check that your spare wheel is in good condition and is fully inflated. Some cars may have an inflation repair kit instead of a spare wheel. Make sure that you know how to use it.)
  • Tow Rope
  • A shovel
  • De-icing equipment (for glass and door locks)
  • Spare bulbs
  • First aid kit
  • A fire extinguisher
  • A working torch
  • A car blanket, additional clothing & some food and water
8. In the event of a breakdown. Drivers need to ensure their vehicle is well in off the road so as not to obstruct other vehicles. The driver should also put on their hazard warning lights. If the vehicle breaks down on the motorway pull in as far as you can, alerting traffic behind you with hazard lights. The driver should leave their vehicle, get behind the barrier (on the embankment) and call the Gardai, on their mobile phone or roadside telephone.
9. Keep up to date. Listen to local weather and traffic reports. Pay heed to the weather warnings alerting drivers of unsafe and dangerous driving conditions.
10. Check out the RSA's publication 'Severe Weather Advice for Road Users' for more detailed advice on what to do if severe weather strikes!

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