Make sure your vehicle is safe:
- Tires should have adequate tread and proper
inflation. Consult your owner's manual for
proper inflation pressure, carry a pressure gauge
check pressure regularly. Remember to check
pressure when tires are warmed up from driving.
lights and signals should be functioning properly.
use seat belts and shoulder harnesses as recommended.
adjust head restraints so that the distance
between the back of the head and the head restraint
minimized and the restraint is positioned
as high as the top of the head or higher. (Optimal position might not be
on the vehicle.)
- Remember that loose items inside your vehicle
can act as missiles in the event of a crash.
items or place them in the trunk.
- Make sure
vehicle is in good state of general repair
- Carry an adequate spare tire, jack, and
emergency items (flashlight, flares, first
aid kit, cell phone).
General driving tips:
- Obey the posted speed limits but reduce speed
when conditions (low light, fog, rain, snow,
- Excessive lane changing is a dangerous
distraction for you and other drivers on the
road and will not significantly reduce travel
- Know your car's blind spots and allow
for them when driving.
- The majority of car-to-car
crashes, and especially whiplash injuries,
occur in and around intersections. False starts,
which occur when an intersection
signal turns green and traffic begins to move forward only to be abruptly
by unexpected cross traffic or pedestrians, are common causes of intersection
- Avoid tailgating others and stay out of the
path of those who tailgate you. Remember that
the driver following
you will generally apply his or
her brakes after you, which makes it more likely he or she will hit you. Also
that large trucks and LTVs (light trucks, vans, and SUVs) require greater
distances to stop than passenger cars. If your car can stop in a shorter distance
the tailgater behind you, you are at greater risk for a rear end
- It is generally best not to leave your
vehicle if you break down on the side of the
road, especially when on a road where the traffic
high, or when it is dark, or on roads or where approach visibility is poor
(around a corner,
etc.). Call for roadside assistance if possible.
- Subscribe to an
emergency roadside service (e.g., AAA). Note:
some auto insurance policies include roadside
- Never drive a motor vehicle if you
have recently consumed alcoholic beverages.