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- Obey all speed limits
- Be attentive and drive
- Never drive under
the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Always wear your seatbelts.
- 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 blinkers for proper operation. Look for any fluid
leaks or things hanging from the vehicle. Check that the tires
are properly inflated.
- 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.
- Always drive with
your headlights on, a car is visible for nearly four times the
distance with it's headlights on.
- Always use your turn
- Pay attention to all
- When stopping at a
stop sign, spell S-T-O-P to yourself before proceeding. Always
turn your head to look left, then right, straight ahead, then
left again before proceeding.
- When a light turns
green, look left, then right, straight ahead, then left again
before proceeding through the light. Notice all vehicles and
ensure that someone else is not going to run the light.
- Keep your eyes moving.
Notice what is happening on the sides of the road and check behind
you through your mirrors every 6-8 seconds.
- When driving on a
two-lane road that allows parking on the right, stay toward the
center line to allow for room if someone were to open their door
to exit their vehicle in front of your car. This forethought
will help you from swerving to miss an opening door. If there
is no parking allowed on the road position your car toward the
right to allow for more room between you and oncoming traffic.
- 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.
- Every time that you
re-fuel, check your oil and other fluid levels. Look for noticeable
leaks throughout the engine compartment.
- If your car stalls
on the road, do not leave your car. Put on your hazard lights
to allow others to see you better. Wait for the proper authorities
to come to your aid. Do not let someone talk you into leaving
- When traveling behind
other vehicles, there should be at least a four second space
between your vehicles. When the car in front of you passes a
stationary object, slowly count to yourself. If you pass the
object before the allotted time, you should back off. When traveling
at night or inclement weather, these times should be doubled.
- 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, well-lit
parking lot and place your call there. After completing your
call you may continue on your way.
- When leaving for an
out of town trip, be sure to give an itinerary to someone back
at home with the route of travel, approximate time of arrival
and a contact number at your destination. Do not deviate from
this plan without informing your at-home contact. If you are
traveling a long distance, check in throughout the trip with
a current location and any changes in your route or times. If
something were to happen, this information may be used to narrow
- When being approached
by an emergency vehicle, pull to the right shoulder of the road
- 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.
- Leave early, plan
to arrive 10 minutes before the appointed time. Speeding does
not increase your ability to arrive on time, rather it only increases
your chances of not arriving at all.
- When traveling on
a multiple-lane road or highway, keep in mind that the left-most
lanes are for passing only. If not actively passing a vehicle,
stay in the right lanes, allowing others to pass.
- Avoid the "No-Zone"
with trucks or buses --- they cannot see you from many areas.
Remember if you cannot see the driver in the truck's rear view
mirrors, they cannot see you! Also remember that trucks make
large right turns.
- There is an old saying
--- "If the roads are wet, then drive like it's snowing.
If the roads are snow-covered, then drive like they're icy. If
the roads are icy, then don't drive." Click
here for winter driving tips.
- During inclement weather,
if it is necessary to reduce one's speed, the brake should be
applied slowly without making sudden moves. When making sudden
moves it's much easier to lose control of your vehicle.
- 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.
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