Driving safety tips every driver should know
When you’re behind the wheel of a car – whether alone or with passenger(s) – driving safely should always be your top concern. We’re more distracted than ever, so it’s crucial to know the basics of safe driving and practice them every time you’re on the road. Here are some safe driving tips:
Keep 100% of your attention on driving at all times – no multi-tasking.
Don’t use your phone or any other electronic device while driving.
Accelerate Safely. Speeding gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident.
Be aware of what other drivers around you are doing, and expect the unexpected.
Keep a car lenths cushion between you and the car in front of you.
Keep a 2 car lenths cushion between you and the car in front of you in bad weather.
Build time into your trip schedule to stop for food, rest breaks, phone calls or other business.
Adjust your seat, mirrors and climate controls before putting the car in gear.
Secure cargo that may move around while the vehicle is in motion.
Don’t attempt to retrieve items that fall to the floor.
Always wear your seat belt and drive sober and drug-free.
Don't allow passengers to fight or climb around in your car, they should wear their seat belts at all times.
A noisy cabin can easily distract you from focusing on the road.
Avoid driving when you're tired. Find a safe rest stop to get a well rested shut eye.
Never drive when on medication(s) that cause drowsiness and make operating a vehicle dangerous.
Always use caution when changing lanes. Don't assume that other drivers will let you in.
Be extra careful while driving during deer season.
What to do if you are involved in an accident
If you can move and your car doesn't have too much damage, when it is safe to do so get out of the car and move to a safe plcae out of the road.
It is the law to move your vehicle out of traveling lanes if you can.
Make sure the other driver is ok no matter who is at fault.
Stay at the scene
Leaving can result in legal consequences, like fines & additional violations.
Call 911 as soon as possible
Exchange contact and insurance information with other party involved. If possible, get the name and phone numbers of witnesses.
Call your insurance provider to report the claim.
Things to know about speeding & traffic laws
Some roadways are designated as low-speed zones. These include areas with high pedestrian traffic, such as school zones and intersections close together. Driving over the speed limit can put you and others at risk of harm.
Never pass a stopped bus displaying a stop sign. That means children are crossing the street.
If you hear a siren coming behind you, pull to the side to your right if you can and wait until the police car or fire truck or ambulance goes by.
Completely stop at stop signs and look for other drivers and pedestrians before you proceed.
Obey pedestrian yield signs and watch for cyclists.
Obey the posted speed limit at all times. Speeding tickets are costly, and penalties for speeding can include fines, court appearances and loss or suspension of your driving privileges. Also, depending on your insurance policy, speeding tickets can raise your rates.
Alcohol is a substance that reduces the function of the brain, impairing thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination. All these abilities are essential to operating a vehicle safely.
As alcohol levels rise in a person’s system, the negative effects on the central nervous system increase, too. Alcohol is absorbed directly through the walls of the stomach and small intestine.
Then it passes into the bloodstream where it accumulates until it is metabolized by the liver. Alcohol level is measured by the weight of the alcohol in a certain volume of blood.
This is called Blood Alcohol Concentration, or BAC. At a BAC of .08 grams of alcohol per deciliter of blood (g/dL), crash risk increases exponentially. Because of this risk, it’s illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher.
However, even a small amount of alcohol can affect driving ability. In 2016, there were 2,017 people killed in alcohol-related crashes where drivers had lower alcohol levels (BACs of .01 to .07 g/dL).
BAC is measured with a breathalyzer, a device that measures the amount of alcohol in a driver’s breath, or by a blood test.
Winter driving tips
Avoid driving if you do not need to be on the road.
Winter brings all sorts of driving headaches: snow, freezing rain and slush, which all make the roads more hazardous.
To handle the hassle of winter driving:
Check your tire pressure and make sure the threads are in tact. Making sure everything is good will help you to not cause any wrecks.
We encourage the use of seat belts. They're one of your best defenses in a crash.
Use extra caution in areas that ice up quickly, especially intersections, shaded areas, bridges and overpasses.
Get in the habit of regularly checking weather reports on TV and or online.
On severe weather days, schools and workplaces might close or delay opening.
Keep an emergency kit in the trunk of your car – including blankets, a first aid kit and jumper cables.
Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and that your car always has a full tank of gas.