Are You A Safe Driver?

Well, of course you are, or at least, you definitely do your best. After all, it’s not just you in the vehicle or on the road. No matter how great of a driver you are, it’s always a good idea to review best practices from time to time--after all, it’s up to each of us to do our best to keep ourselves and others safe.

Here’s a great checklist:

Buckle up! Before you even put the key in the ignition, put your seatbelt on. Not only will it protect you more in the event of an accident, in some cities and states, you can be fined for not wearing it.

Know your way. If you plan your route ahead of time, you won’t have to attempt to figure out where you’re going at the same time you’re operating a motorized vehicle.

Be Aware. Stay alert and pay attention, not just to your actions, but also those of other drivers around you while you’re driving.

Be sober. Never drive under the influence, whether it be alcohol, drugs, or even certain medications can affect your perceptions and reactions times.

Don’t guess. Sometimes we think we know what the other driver should do, or assume that we know what their next move will be--but we don’t.

Be weather wise. When you’ve got less than ideal conditions, such as fog, or snow, or rain, be extra cautious and be sure to follow your local guidelines for driving in such conditions.

The rules of the road. In addition to all speed limits, obey stop signs and traffic lights, as well as speed limits. Remember that yellow lights notify you to slow down and prepare to stop (they never mean go very fast!).

Stops signs. They mean it. Sometimes, others don’t. But you should, even if you don’t think other cars are around--it’s the one time you don’t expect it that is when something potentially awful can happen.

Be a good communicator. Use your signals every time you’re supposed to--before lane changing or turning.

But still, DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE! It’s that simple--just don’t.

Keep focused. It’s not just texting--talking via cell phone, eating, changing music sources, even discussion with other passengers can be distracting, so keep that to a minimum.

Car Safety. Make sure you’ve got plenty of gas in your tank, your tires are in good condition, and all the lights and wipers are working properly.

Most importantly, be patient. Don’t rush to get where you’re going. After all, if you’re involved in an accident, it’ll take you even longer.

When your car is safe, you know where you’re going and how to get there, and you and your passengers are focused on the journey, all that’s left is to enjoy the drive!

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