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    I posted this one on another forum, and it raised some interesting discussion, so here goes......
    Given the increase in road rage incidents, and the general lack of law on the streets, does anyone carry anything in their car which may help them in self defence? Or is this just asking for trouble?
    As a cautious kind of bloke, I've always got a 3 cell Maglite in the car in case of night time breakdowns.

    How about you?

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    Wont go into detail but suffice to say im rairly well protected in my car and works van

    Back in a V6 !!!!!!!!!!!! And lovin it !!!

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    A Maglite is a torch. The fact it happens to weigh a signficant amount and is sturdily built from metal, is neither here nor there. It's there to illuminate dark areas or as you say, provide underbonnet light in an emergency.

    I'm sure I don't know of any other uses it may have....

    My wife has one in her car too!

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    I normally have 3 teenagers in my car, so I reckon I am pretty safe!!!!

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    Also got a 3 Cell Maglite for breakdowns etc., but it's in one of the cubby holes in the boot so not much use for self-defence!

    I always have my doors locked when driving around - especially around town/urban areas so that nobody can just open your door to try and grab anything/you or whatever.

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    ive got a steering wheel lock on the floor just behind drivers seat. i also have a set of golf clubs in the boot quite often.

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    Don't carry anything "which could be used in self defence", either in my car or the works van. I try and not put myself in a position where your vunerable.

    I employed a driver once, who got out of the works van in Trafford Park; with the engine running, to ask for directions, the guy threw him to the ground and jumped in the van and sped off. The van was found in Moss Side 4 days later and was used in a ram raid, total mess, written off.

    Now, to me that was stupidity and I should have sacked him but took pity on him.

    I always think about not putting myself in a situation where trouble can arise, whether I'm in Liverpool, Belfast or London.

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    I have a 3 Cell Maglite for breakdowns etc ect
    and a small tapper hammer in car to smash the glass if needed
    in my work bag a small hammer to tap the wheel nuts an a again a small glass hammer

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    Funny you should start this topic Phil, as I never carried anything until a guy in Luton came at my chest with a screwdriver! Now its the oversized maglite in the pocket behind the passenger seat.

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    I think most people have some sort of protection nowadays, be it a Maglite or the missus.

    Dark tinted rear windows doesn't allow anyone to see if you're alone or have three burly doormen in the back (which I usually have if I'm the designated driver).

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