Last night I visited a public house with my cousin. He was driving. On departure we discovered that he'd parked in the car park but as far away from the door as possible for reasons of personal safety.
Now, my cousin hasn't done a day of martial arts in his life, to the best of my knowledge. However he was a soldier stationed in Ireland during The Troubles. I remember a time of him having to check underneath his car for bombs as a matter of habit. I have much respect for his view yet I can't understand this one.
I do teach self protection aspects around cars. Things like how to enter the car with best vision, keeping doors locked, planning the route, that sort of thing. And where possible/practical reverse parking with an idea of how to depart. Also parking in a well-lit area and I would add close to the destination building. My cousin feels that my parking about from the building he's less likely to incur damage to the car from careless other drivers and their doors. I understand this. I cited that where he'd parked gave greater opportunity for ambush but he disputes this.
What are your thoughts on this generally but also any other useful self protection tips for journey via car?