Driving Tips

  1. Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  2. Always wear your seat belts.
  3. Before driving a car, do a simple safety check. Turn on the lights and walk around the vehicle to ensure that all lights are in working order. Also check your Iindicators for proper operation. Look for any fluid leaks or things hanging from the vehicle. Check that the tires are properly inflated.
  4. When you get into the car, adjust all mirrors and seats before placing the key in the ignition. To properly adjust the left mirror place your head against the left window and adjust the mirror so that you can just see the left side of the car. For the right, move your head towards the center of the vehicle and adjust the right mirror in the same way. When you are sitting correctly in the driver’s seat, you will not be able to see your vehicle, but your blind spots will be greatly reduced.
  5. Secure loose objects.Take a look around your vehicle. Make sure everything is in a safe and secure place, in the trunk, under a cargo net, etc.
  6. Always use your turn signals.
  7. Expect the other drivers to make mistakes and think what you would do if a mistake does happen. For example, do not assume that a vehicle coming to a stop sign is going to stop. Be ready to react if it does not stop. Never cause an accident on purpose, even if a pedestrian or another vehicle fails to give you the right-of-way
  8. Don’t talk on a cell phone while driving. Phones detract from your ability to concentrate on the road and increase your chance of a collision by nearly 400%. If you must use the phone, pull over to a safe area and place your call there. After completing your call you may continue on your way.
  9. Always signal your intentions.
  10. Carry in your vehicle, in an easy to find place, all contact numbers that you may need as well as emergency contact information, personal information and any outstanding medical needs that you may have.
  11. Remember as your speed increases so does your braking distance. If you double your speed, you quadruple your braking distance. If you double the weight of your vehicle, you double the stopping distance.
  12. Slow down in rain or bad weather.
  13. Drive precisely .Sloppy driving causes problems for everyone.Ignoring the rules of the road helps create the chaos you see every day. So, drive precisely, follow the basic traffic rules, and watch out for other drivers.Use the Two-Second Rule. About 40% of all collisions are rear-end collisions. Avoid them by maintaining your following distance. This rule is so basic, and yet it is one of the most ignored. Also keep in mind that two seconds is the minimum — three or four is better. Stretch it out when you can, because sometimes two seconds isn’t enough. Don’t believe for a second you can’t use this technique in heavy traffic; you can, and that’s when it is most important.
  14. Exercise Prudent Courtesy. When being courteous, think about the big picture, and make sure that what you do doesn’t contribute to a dangerous situation for the other driver.
  15. It is important to leave space even when stopped for a light. Leave room in front so you can pull away if the car ahead stalls or doesn’t move, or if you need to move because of danger approaching from behind. You also don’t want to be boxed in and unable to move for personal safety reasons. Stop far enough back so you can see the rear tires of the vehicle in front of you where they touch the pavement—this will give you room to pull out and around when necessary.
  16. Chill Out !  Driving safely is all about attitude. Remember these words: “It doesn’t matter.” Since we are all human, we can’t be perfect all the time. Do not let  the errors other drivers commit be the reason you lose control (one way or another) and have a collision, or worse. Many collisions occur when a driver is mad, upset, stressed, or distracted in some way. What do you gain by letting other drivers poor driving affect your attitude or behavior? Absolutely Nothing !!! Try to keep your attitude rational, calm and positive.
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