Live Proactively: Safe Driving Tips
Most of us do this, and many of us do it every day: We drive from A to B, from B to C, then back to A.... and sometimes, we repeat. With this much time spent in the car, it's no wonder that many drivers try to maximize the time in their vehicle and multitask. Whether we eat, groom, or catch up with friends, whether we stop fights in the backseat, manage chocolate smoothie explosions, or change the musical entertainment... Most of us are so busy that it has become very hard to switch from juggling six projects at a time, all the time, to being reduced to. Just. Driving. When we are in the car.
This month, we'd like to share with you the inspiration to be the safest driver you can be. Check out the resources, and please drive safely!
|The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is a great resource for Driving and Vehicle Safety, Research and Laws and Regulations.
Parents Central is your gateway to information and resources to keeping your kids safe when you're on the road.
|The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.
Distracted driving is just one of many factors that can cause severe accidents. These 10 Tips can help make Driving just a little bit safer - and may just leave you arriving relaxed instead of frazzled.
- Buckle up. Enough said. No matter how quick the trip, how short the distance, or how slow the speed - always buckle up, and make sure that all passengers in the car do the same.
- Leave 5 minutes early. If you plan to head out the door at 8:30, aim for 8:25. Having that extra buffer of time will do wonders for your attitude and peace of mind.
- Obey the Speed Limit. Even when the road ahead is clear and the weather is fine - obey the speed limit.
- Give Them Space. Remember the 3-second rule? Pick a landmark, then leave enough space between yourself and the car in front of you that you won't pass that same landmark within 3 seconds of the car ahead. When stopping, come to a full stop when you can still see the tires of the car in front. Doing so will leave a safe distance between you and the other driver.
- Take it Easy. Accelerate and brake gently. It's easier on your nervous system, and better for your mileage, too!
- Avoid Distractions. Have both hands on the wheel, avoid using your cell phone for texting or talking (even with headphones), refrain from reaching down or back to retrieve items, and keep the volume of audio entertainment low.
- Be Prepared. If you're a parent, you know the value of having a snack handy when hunger strikes, garbage baggies to collect messes, wet wipes to control sticky catastrophes, and entertainment to shorten the boring ride. Peace in the backseat makes for a harmonious trip. In addition, especially in winter, be sure to carry an Emergency Preparedness Kit, First Aid supplies, a flashlight, blanket, and water. Also, avoid running your gas tank too low - keep it half full at all times, especially during the colder months.
- Know your Vehicle. Regular brakes or ABS? Where are the emergency flashers? When was the last oil change? Are fluids topped off? Where to add coolant? Are tires in good shape? Knowing how your car works can help avoid dangerous situations before they arise.
- Be alert. Don't drink and drive. Don't consume substances and drive. Don't medicate and drive. Don't drive if you haven't gotten any sleep.
- Take a Class. Yes --- that's right! Taking a driving class periodically is a great way to refresh good driving habits, polish up your knowledge of driving laws, and have a little fun! Ask us about our Defensive Driving Classes, or try an adventure like the one over to the right.