Rebel wado (whom I notice posts a location of Seattle) posted on another thread these issues that could be covered in a womens self defence course: - Dealing with a sucker punch (dealing with zero to 100% in an instant) such as walking down the street and getting jump by someone just hitting you in the head. - Walking to your car and seeing someone suspicious by it (e.g. how to use your fear to empower you rather than panic) - Driving and your car breaks down - Driving your car on a secluded highway and being pulled over by state patrol/police (what options do you legally have) - Selling something online and having the buyers come to your home to pick up the items - Waiting for a bus and someone asks you for the time I've had other people mention that America is a different culture to what I might be used to. Now I'm a middle aged lady with two younger teens who has never lived in a city (though I've visited plenty by myself on business). I am lucky enough to live in fairly safe area of the UK in the countryside and I've often been accused of not having sufficient experience to be 'streetwise' in a big city - I don't tend to agree with that (and I also did a 12 week self defence course when I was 18). However, there are folks on MAP who are clearly familiar with the States and I was once told in a management course to ask if anyone had advice before I launch into a project. The 'project' this year is a visit across the pond - just me and the kids. Visiting with friends in Toronto and then driving (hire car) to Washington to visit with friends there and driving back again to fly home - possibly with overnight stays along the trips. I daresay with some solo sight seeing at each location too. I am looking forward to the road trip to see some of the country. However, I have a friend who determine to rile me with stories regarding the crime rate in the States and how I can easily get into bother. Rebel wado's comments above about potential situations women can find themselves in have fuelled that. There is a good audience here - I am confident and with more than a fair dose of common sense. Do I really need to worry if someone asks me the time at a bus stop (or any of those other issues) and is there anything I do really need to know about to stay safe on the trip please?