"Though she be but little, she is fierce." - Shakespeare
There's nothing a woman can't do. They are shattering the glass ceilings, winning Olympic medals, becoming Head of States all on their own. So to make the lives of these awesome women safer, we've put together a list of 10 tricks that all women should know to help them walk two inches taller in any situation that they might face.
1. Keep to busy roads
Always drive with all your doors locked and windows rolled up. If you are being followed on the road, remember to stay on busy streets with lots of people around so that help is imminent when needed. Parking your car in isolated places or leaving your car can be the worst mistake you can make. Drive to the nearest police station if your pursuer is persistent.
2. Keep an inflatable tyre kit in your car
Dealing with a flat tyre in the middle of nowhere can be quite the nightmare. Instead of running around for a fix, keep an inflatable tyre kit in your trunk to help you take care of a flat in a jiffy! You can learn more about inflating car tires here.
3. Push back & yell loudly
This the first thing you need to do as soon you realize that you are being stalked. If you sense trouble, act promptly. If attacked, push your assaulter aside and shout as loudly as you can. It might not dissuade them, but it will definitely make you seem like a difficult target. Also, it will rouse the attention of people around you and get help to you faster.
4. Use the heel of your palm to strike at the nose
When you're cornered in a deserted area, a swift blow to the nose will help you escape. If your attacker is charging towards you, hit their nose with the heel of your palm using all the strength you've got. This will cause immense pain and will temporarily disorient them, allowing you time to call for help or escape.
5. Use everyday objects as weapons
You can fashion weapons out of anything around you. Like any other weapons, a set of keys wedged between your fingers like brass knuckles can deliver a crippling blow. If you are attacked at home, run to the kitchen and grab anything like a rolling pin, heavy ladle or a knife. Just remember to be quick!
6. Get out of a wrist-hold
If your attacker has you in a wrist-hold, here's an easy way to break free. Instead of struggling, squat down, lean forward and then bend your elbows all the way towards their arm, till they can no longer hold on. Or simply rotate your wrist to the point where their finger and thumb meet and yank your wrist free. Their grip will be the weakest at that point and a sharp tug will help you escape quickly.
7. Keep a bag of essentials in your car
A car survival kit can be your best friend when you're driving long distances. Keep items like first aid kit, jumper cables, flashlight, a fully-charged power bank, matchbox, a thick rope etc. in your kit and you'll always be prepared to face any situation on the road.
8. Hit them with your elbows
If the attacker is trying to pin your arms down, this can be a useful strike to incapacitate them with. So yank your arms free of their grapple and hit their head with your elbows as hard as you can. With enough force to the temple, you elbows can potentially cause severe bruising and unconsciousness, crippling your attacker for several minutes.
9. Use pepper spray
Nothing works more effectively than pepper spray to the face. Some formulations are powerful enough to cause tearing, irritation and even temporary blindness when sprayed directly into the eyes. This trick works best when your attacker is charging towards you. Keep a can of pepper spray in your purse and in the glove compartment of your car for emergencies. Learn how to use it properly here.
10. Phone for help when your car breaks down
A car breaking down in the middle of nowhere is the textbook example of a difficult situation, but with a little bit of common sense you can easily find a safe way out of the problem. When your car breaks down and you cannot figure it out on your own, simply get back inside, leave your headlights on, lock the doors, stay in & phone for help. Do not step out of the car till proper help has arrived.
We are confident, fierce & bold. Our self-reliance gets us out of the stickiest of situations making us more than capable of taking care of ourselves. This is why Ford EcoSport is the perfect car for us. With its top-notch safety features, every woman can now feel safer and more confident on the road. Know more about its fantastic features right here. This Raksha Bandhan, take charge of your safety because let's face it, only you know what's best for you.