Driving Tips

Safe Driving Tips

  1. Be attentive and drive responsibly.
  2. Always wear your seatbelts.
  3. Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  4. Do a simple safety check; turn on the lights and walk around the vehicle to ensure that all lights are in working order, check blinkers, look for any fluid leaks or things hanging from the vehicle, check that the tires are properly inflated.
  5. Adjust all mirrors and seats before placing the key in the ignition.
  6. Always drive with your headlights on.
  7. Always use your turn signals.
  8. When stopping at a stop sign, spell S-T-O-P to yourself before proceeding.
  9. Keep your eyes moving.
  10. 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.
  11. Expect the other drivers to make mistakes and think what you would do if a mistake does happen.
  12. Every time that you re-fuel, check your oil and other fluid levels.
  13. When traveling behind other vehicles, there should be at least a four second space between your vehicles.
  14. Don’t talk on a cell phone while driving.
  15. When being approached by an emergency vehicle, pull to the right shoulder of the road and stop.
  16. Carry in your vehicle all contact numbers that you may need.
  17. When traveling on a multiple-lane road or highway, keep in mind that the left-most lanes are for passing only.
  18. Remember as your speed increases so does your braking distance.

 

10 Summer Driving Tips

  1. Check the tread grooves on all your tires to make sure they are free of any objects.
  2. Check the tire pressure in all tires, including the spare, to make sure they have the correct amount of air pressure; air pressure in your tires tends to increase because of the summer heat.
  3. Do not overload your vehicle with passengers or cargo; check the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations for the amount of weight inside your vehicle.
  4. Test your air conditioner; turn it on and let it run for a few minutes to make sure it is working properly.
  5. Make sure you have water and sunscreen in your emergency kit.
  6. Inspect your battery and battery cables for corrosion, cracks, and dirt.
  7. Be sure to check your interior and exterior lights; clean your lenses if they are dirty.
  8. Check your engine oil level, automatic transmission fluid level, and coolant level regularly. Add or change fluids as needed.
  9. Be sure that your radiator and hoses do not have leaks or cracks.
  10. Make sure to check all of your engine belts; replace any belts that are cracked, glazed, or frayed.

 

10 Common Facts about Car Accidents

  1. About 40% of crashes that are fatal involve alcohol. If the accident takes place between midnight and 3am the percentage increases to about 75%.
  2. On average 15 pedestrian school children are killed by school buses each year. These deaths tend to take place between 3pm and 4pm on weekdays.
  3. Surveys suggest that male drivers cause twice as many accidents as female drivers.
  4. Different types of car accidents include head on collisions, rollovers, rear enders, suicides, side impacts and more. The most deadly of these accidents are the vehicle rollovers.
  5. People between the ages of 16-20 face a higher chance of being injured or killed in a car crash over any other age group.
  6. Most car accidents actually occur within 5 kilometers from home. There is a common misconception that car accidents occur while travelling to a vacation destination, but this is not the case.
  7. Car accidents are the most common and most deadly source of personal injury in the world.
  8. Cars that are more prone to accidents are sports cars and hatchbacks. Although cars that have a bigger engine that have the greatest chance in being in a car accident.
  9. Each year, approximately 300,000 teens are injured in a car crash. In the United States alone 5,000 teens die each year. On average that equals to 14 teens a day.
  10. Your chances of getting into a car crash while talking on a cellphone increases by 400%.