Safe Driving

Auto accidents are often preventable by paying attention to your surroundings and driving within the speed limit. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that speeding was a contributing factor in 31% of fatal car crashes in 2007.

Safe Driving Tips:

Always wear your seat belt--and make sure all passengers buckle up, too.

Adjust your car's headrest to a height behind your head--not your neck. This helps minimize whiplash in case you're in an accident.

Never try to fit more people in the car than you have seatbelts for them to use.

Obey the speed limits, going too fast gives you less time to stop or react. Excess speed is one of the main causes of teenage accidents.

Don't run red lights.

Use turn signals to indicate your intention to turn or to change lanes. Turn it on to give the cars behind you enough time to react before you take the action. Also, make sure the signals turns off after you've completed the action.

When a stoplight turns green, make sure the intersection clears before you proceed.

Make sure your windshield is clean. At sun rise and sun set, light reflecting off your dirty windshield can momentarily blind you from seeing what's going on.

Make sure your car has gas in it. Don't ride around with the gauge on empty--who knows where you might get stranded.

Don't drink and drive, and don't ride with anyone who has been drinking. Call parents or friends to take you home if you need a ride.

Don't take drugs or drive if you've taken any. Don't ride with anyone who has been using drugs. Even some over the counter drugs can make you drowsy. Check labels for warnings.


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