1. NEVER go anywhere that takes you longer than an hour to get there near dusk. Why? Because it is almost nighttime. It is going to be dark, which limits your vision which limits your chances of really knowing what is going on which limits your survival. Listen to your circadian rhythm-shut up and go to bed. Do what that stuff when the sun is high! BRIGHT! Not a cloud in the sky.
Example: My friend, Tony and I took a midnight drive to the Lake and we sometimes play a game where we mindlessly turn all sorts of directions. We turned off onto what we thought was a normal paved road that lead into these dark, dark woods where the road turned into a dirt road with a sign that read cemetery. I slammed on my brakes and sped off back to the dorms where we never once stopped. The next day around 1 in the afternoon, we returned to the cemetery and checked out all the old graves.
(You may risk this if the drive is 99% interstate driving, never old highways and definitely never back roads)
2. NEVER go anywhere that is isolated from where the police cannot get to you in less than five minutes. Don’t go out in the country. Don’t go camping too far away from a designated camp ground. Places like these are the places without cell phone services.
3. NEVER underestimate the importance of a paved driveway. Greater chance of a smooth escape. No chance of your car getting stuck in the mud.
4. ALWAYS have a fully charged cell phone-anywhere you go, so that you can call the police who are conveniently less than five minutes away from you.
5. ALWAYS call the police who are conveniently less than five minutes away from you on your fully charged cell phone.
6. NEVER let your cell phone or your car keys be anywhere but the same room as you. Especially, after night fall.
7. NEVER investigate a strange noise. Jump up and lock your door. If the noise gets too intense, call the police who are conveniently less than five minutes away from you on your fully charged cell phone.
Example: Last night I thought I heard something outside of my bedroom door. I locked the door and fell asleep scared. When I woke up, alleged psychos/ghost/devils were gone.
8. NEVER separate from anyone. EVER! Just stay together. If you are in a group and one person wants to investigate, refuse to unlock the door because they are jeopardizing everyone’s lives. NEVER separate from ANYONE!
9. ALWAYS go screaming for help down the street after you escape (solo, if you started this nightmare alone or as a group). Run to the closest neighbors and call the police who are conveniently less than five minutes away from you on your fully charged cell phone letting them know of your current whereabouts.
10. ALWAYS have a heavy object/something else that can be used as a weapon in every room to use on the psycho after he has broken down your door AND made it past all of the heavy objects you have moved in front of said door. (You moved these things at the first sign of psycho trying to break into the room you have locked yourself in)
This is only in case you cannot escape through your window and go running screaming for help down the street (solo or if you are not alone, as a group. EVERYONE runs and screams together).
11. ALWAYS scream obscenities at the psycho(s). Do not just stand there and sob. Let them know that you are aggressive and you are not going down without a fight.
12. ALWAYS fight.
*A lot of these things won’t matter if the psycho has a gun, but if he is true to the horror film genre-he won’t.