Speeding and offensive driving are the major culprits of car accidents and fatalities per the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. Here are a few defensive driving tips to make sure that you and your loved ones get home safely.
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- If at all possible, avoid driving during periods of high traffic – such as early morning, lunch time and evening commute times
- Make sure to always keep your windshield, mirrors and headlights clean
- Make sure your seat is set up high enough to have a clear view of the road – if you are short, sit on a small pillow if you have to
- Stay alert – watch and listen for emergency vehicles
- At night be extra cautious, and keep at the speed limit. Two-thirds of accidents occur at night and speed is normally to blame
- Limit your distractions – be mindful of being distracted by the radio, or conversations with others in the car, and even cell phones!
- Make sure your windshield wipers are in proper working order and replace them when needed
- Keep safe driving distances between you and the car in front of you – that way you have plenty of time to brake if you need to.
- Be sure to not drive impaired; this includes medicines that you may take for something as simple as a cold, or allergies.
- Don’t drive if you are feeling lightheaded, sick or stressed out.
- Always wear your seat belt, and make sure your passengers do as well.
- If you feel bad, are dizzy, or under the influence call an Uber or Lyft!
- Be aware of bikes – bicycles and motorcycles! As a rider, I can tell you soo many people don’t pay attention
- Be sure to set rear view and side mirrors to help eliminate blind spots