Driving Safety Tips

Follow these safety tips to be a safe and responsible driver

  • Get an earlier than usual start and plan for the trip to take longer than normal
  • Always use your seat belt and insist any passengers do so as well.
  • Don’t talk on your cell phone while driving
  • Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you in case of sudden stops. If the  vehicle behind is following too closely, change lanes or try slowing down so they will pass you
  • Try not to make sudden stops or direction changes, such as going across three lanes of traffic to  make that last minute exit
  • Keep your headlights on in darkness
  • Pay attention to other drivers and anticipate what they may do. Watch for cars on side streets that are trying to pull out into traffic
  • Slow down while approaching intersections.
  • At the first sign of brake lights, start slowing down. Try to avoid slamming on the brakes.
  • If you have anti-lock brakes, do not pump them. Keep constant, firm pressure on the brake pedal until the vehicle comes to a complete stop
  • If you start to skid, take your foot off the pedal and steer in the direction you want to the vehicle to go. Do not hit the brakes or accelerate.
  • If your vehicle breaks down, or is stalled or stranded, don’t panic
  • Turn on the emergency flashers or set up flare
  •  If you’re stuck, try straightening the wheels and accelerating slowly. Don’t let the tires spin endlessly; it only helps create a mess. (Consult your owner’s manual for the best way to get the vehicle unstuck.)

 

 

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