SAFE DRIVING TIPS:
- Obey all speed limits and signs.
- Be attentive and drive responsibly.
- 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 its headlights on.
- Always use your turn signals.
- Pay attention to all signs.
- 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. 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
- 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 assistance. Do not let someone talk you into leaving your vehicle.
- 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 the search.
- When being approached by an emergency vehicle pull to the right shoulder of the road and stop.
- 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.
- Do not put your hazard lights on during heavy rain on the highway. It is against the Law.
- 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 is 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.
What should I do after a car accident?
If you are involved in an accident, first make sure no one in the car is injured. Next, check on the passengers in the other
vehicle, or, if necessary, make certain no pedestrians are hurt.
Then, take these five things into account:
- Stay at the scene. Leaving can result in additional violations or fines.
- Call 911 or the police as soon as possible. They will dispatch medical personnel and a police officer immediately to
the scene of the accident. Wait for the police to complete an accident report
- If you are on a busy highway, stay inside the car and wait for the police or an ambulance. It is dangerous if
passengers stand along a busy street.
- Don’t get into an argument or a fight with the other driver. Simply exchange contact and insurance information. If
possible, get the name and phone numbers of witnesses.
- Call your insurance provider to report the claim. Your agent will ask you to send any paperwork you receive
regarding the accident and will give you instructions as to where you can get your car fixed.
- Notify your office as soon as it is possible and let them know the details of the accident. You will need to fill out an
occurrence report as soon as possible.
- If you notice a police car is following you with its emergency lights flashing, pull over to the side of the road safely
and quickly. Wait in your car for the office to approach you and inform you of the problem.
- Turn on your interior light in your car and keep your hands where the office can see them.
- Do not reach under the seat or into your glove box unless you explain to the officer what you are doing.
- Stay calm. Give the office your license and registration if asked to do so.
- Step out of the car if asked to do so in a calm and non-threatening movement.
- Do not become argumentative with the officer.
- Always wear your seat belt. It is the law.
- Keep an emergency kit in your trunk – include a first aid kit, jumper cables, water.
- Make sure your cell phone is fully charged.
- Keep at least ½ tank of gas in your car.
- Obey parking restriction signs.
- Use your horn only for emergencies.
- Never pass a stopped bus when it is displaying a stop sign.
- Don’t text on your phone while you are driving.
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