Life is unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean you have to be unprepared when going gets tough. Curated from the depths of internet, these seemingly simple life lessons can come in handy and potentially save your life one day. Stay safe, children, the world is a ruthless place!
1) If the driver of the taxi that you’ve just hailed is behaving suspiciously, you can remember this little trick. Make a call to your partner or pretend to call someone, it really doesn’t matter. In the course of the conversation, give details of your taxi (type, colour, and even number) and the road that you’ll be taking for your commute loud enough for the driver to hear. He doesn’t know the purpose of the call, but he knows that the taxi is now identifiable to your contact. Chances are he won’t pull off any stunt.
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2) If you’re in a hotel room with a door that has a peephole without any cover, place a crumpled paper or tissue in the hole so that nobody can look inside. The one-way peephole technology isn’t always foolproof.
3) Never pull out any weapon (knife, bat or gun [if you’re one of those]) unless the situation is dire or you’re prepared to kill or die. Weapons always escalate the situation to a dangerous level because when you use a weapon on somebody, there is always a risk of it being used against you. Also, never use pepper spray in a closed space (say a room or in a cab). It will decapacitate both you and the perpetrator in the process.
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4) Keep your car keys on your bedside table. During a home invasion, if the car is in your bedroom range, you can press the panic alert button on your key that will cause your car horn to blast and headlights to flash, thereby scaring the burglar/criminal away. If not, there is always an ‘ALERT’ or ‘CODE RED’ app that comes pre-installed on your phone and is available on both Android and iPhone. Using that app, you can set off the panic alarm and send emergency messages to your friends and parents.
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5) If a stranger gets in your car forcefully and orders you to take them somewhere, you can drive straight into a pole or a lamp post. This way you’ll render yourself useless to them because a) the car is damaged and b) you’ve drawn enough attention by crashing the car. Sure, you’ll damage your car but you’ll save your life.
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6) Never walk down the stairs with your hands in your pockets. This way if you trip/fall, you’ll not be able to catch yourself.
7) Remember if you ever encounter any hostile situation/person, you will only have two options—fight or flight! Many people freeze due to shock or adrenaline when they are under such situations. The outcome will only be the worst. You need to decide in your head what will be your immediate course of action would be. You either run and get away (possibility the best solution) or you can use choose to fight with all your might.
8) If you’re heading towards a vacant parking lot especially at night or when the area is not particularly safe, walk with the car keys in your hand. The will reduce the amount of time it takes you to get into your car and start it, thereby reducing your exposure to any sudden attack. In fact, a key held in your fist and protruding between your knuckles can also act as a makeshift weapon in case of any emergency.
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9) If you ever get lost in the woods or in jungles, your first step will be to find water and shelter. Remember, you can survive days without food, but you can only last hours without shelter (only if the environment is harsh) against the natural elements. You can only survive 3 days without water. Also, you can make 3 weeks without food.
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10) When you’re stuck in a riptide, always swim parallel to the shore. If you swim against the riptide, you will be exhausted in no time, your body will give up and you will be pulled under. Never fight a riptide. Swimming parallel to the shore or floating on your back will pull you out.
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11) In emergency situations, especially in accidents, most people will stand and look at you but will resist helping you because of the bystander effect. You can avoid it by pointing out directly to someone and asking for help. For example, don’t yell at a crowd for help; point at one person and say ‘you in blue shirt, call the ambulance now!’
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12) If you ever get caught in a burning building, always lay low to the ground. The breathable air will be closer to the floor.
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13) If you are being attacked, you can defend yourself by hitting them in their groin, eyes or ears. This is where the person is most vulnerable and if you get a good hit, you can stall them long enough for you to get away. Alternatively, if you have no weapon to defend yourself, your belt can be used as a whip.
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14) Always trust your instincts, guys. That is our natural warning system and it’s mostly never wrong. Your subconscious mind always picks on those warning signs that your conscious mind doesn’t. If a situation doesn’t add up or if you don’t feel right’ about a person, location etc, listen to your gut instinct.
15) Saving the most obvious for the last. Never text/talk and walk. You can never pay close attention to your surroundings if you are on your phone. That can be a serious problem especially if a vehicle is coming straight at you or when you’re being followed. The human brain cannot multitask and thus it’s extremely risky. So, just get off your cell phone.