Brush up on These Driving Safety Tips
Operating a motor vehicle is a tremendous responsibility. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (2008 Traffic Safety Annual Assessment), in a single year there were over 5 million car accidents in the United States. So, when you are behind the wheel, you are not only accountable for the safety of those in your vehicle, but for others on the road as well.
Here are 12 driving safety tips for you to consider:
1. Always wear your seatbelt and make sure all of your passengers buckle up.
2. Never try to fit more people in your car than there are seatbelts.
3. Don't be an aggressive driver. Share the road.
4. Don't speed. Going too fast decreases the amount of time you have to stop or react to objects, pedestrians, or other vehicles on the road.
5. Obey all traffic signs and signals, including red lights and stop signs. These are set up to keep roads and drivers safe. They must be obeyed at all times.
6. Use your turn signals accordingly when making turns or changing lanes. Using signals alerts other drivers and pedestrians of your intentions and allows them to react safely.
7. Make sure your windshield and all other vehicle windows are clean. Part of being a safe driver is being aware of your surroundings on the road. Many accidents are caused when vision is impaired.
8. Never use a mobile device while driving. Recent studies indicated that texting or checking e-mail while driving impedes your reaction time as much as if you were driving drunk. Drivers who use the phone are four times more likely to be involved in an accident. (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, http://www.distraction.gov)
9. Take care of your car. Part of being a safe driver is maintaining the safety of your vehicle. Make sure your tires, brakes, transmission and signal lights are all functional.
10. Never drive drunk or while under the influence of drugs.
11. Keep your eyes on the road. Drivers must always be vigilant of objects in the road ahead, including debris, potholes, animals, pedestrians, and other vehicles. Being aware of what is ahead will give you more time to react.
12. In bad weather, drive accordingly. Rain, ice, and snow make roads slick and drivers should always go slower in stormy conditions.
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