Most of us drive every day – whether it’s to work, dropping your kids off at school, or running those essential errands. Driving is so second nature that you likely don’t think about it anymore – you just do it. But it’s important to keep vehicle safety at the forefront of your mind each time you start the ignition – to protect yourself and others on the road. Here are 10 road safety tips to keep in mind as you drive.
- Stay alert and focused. It seems obvious, but driving requires your full attention. Don’t use your phone, and keep your eyes on the road at all times.
- Use turn signals. Using turn signals lets other drivers know which way you’re headed. Giving this heads up can prevent an accident.
- Don’t make assumptions. There are rules of the road, but people don’t always follow them. People will suddenly merge or run red lights, so be prepared at all times.
- Buckle up. It’s the law for a reason! Seatbelts save lives.
- Obey signs and signals. Don’t ignore a yellow light! Slow down. Speeding through it doesn’t save that much time. And always yield and stop when you see the signs.
- Stop completely. Don’t pause at a red light or stop sign. Come to a complete stop, even if you think no one is coming.
- Adjust for weather. If it’s rainy or foggy, use your lights and drive a little slower than you normally would. Pro tip: Don’t use high beams in fog.
- Know where you’re going. Don’t type your destination into the GPS while you’re in route. You’ll be distracted and more likely to make a mistake. Set your course before you leave.
- Take care of your car. Your car needs regular checkups, too. Keep your fluids topped off, your oil changed regularly, and tires regularly rotated and checked.
- Share the road. You’re not the only one trying to get home safely! Look out for other drivers, as well as bikers and motorcyclists.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seatbelts reduce serious injuries and deaths from crashes by about half.
Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from: https://safety.lovetoknow.com/20_Safety_Tips_for_Driving and https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/seatbelts/facts.html