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Driving Tip of
- Obey all
speed limits and signs.
- Be attentive
and drive responsibly.
- Never drive
under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Always wear
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
- 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 signals.
attention to all signs
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
- Keep your
eyes moving. Notice what is happening on the sides of the
road and check behind you through your mirrors every 6-8
- 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
- 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 your vehicle.
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
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
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.