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Safe Driving Tips To Prevent A Car Accident

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In the United States, every year, there are more than 6 million car accidents. Where road safety is concerned, those are some staggering numbers! Rather than scaring you, however, we simply want to remind you that, when you’re driving, you must stay attentive. Stay focused every time you get behind the wheel. Especially in bad weather, one of the best ways to stay safe is through vigilant driving. Winter is here, and that means snow, ice, sleet, and more.

We’re going to offer some of our best safe driving tips – particularly during winter. We want everyone to get home safely.

Maintain Your Automobile

Before you even put your key in the ignition, safety starts. One important aspect of safe driving is routine car maintenance. That means all your lights work, your fluids are at a proper level, your windshield wipers work, your tire pressure is appropriate, etc.

Don’t Get Distracted

Though it’s good to be comfortable when you drive, and there are many ways to do so, arriving safely at your destination should be your number one objective. Avoid distractions at all costs. Your mind can easily be taken off the road by Bluetooth, the heater, the radio, and – possibly worst of all – your cell phone. Put your phone down! From the serious duty of driving, let nothing distract you.

Be Aware of Weather Reports

Before you drive, check the weather! The weather can be unpredictable, particularly if you’re going to be driving for a long distance. The temperature might drop, it may start snowing without warning, or you find yourself sliding across the ice. More caution is needed in ugly weather. Be aware of the forecast.

Always Practice Defensive Driving

You can never rely on other drivers. Since you don’t know what they are planning or thinking, you can never be exactly sure what they’ll do. They might even be distracted. A habit of defensive driving is one all drivers should adopt.

Keep your eyes on the mirror and your head on a swivel. Understand your driving route, speed limit, and surroundings. Around you, give yourself a cushion from other vehicles. This gives you room to make decisions and/or brake quickly.

Hand Position

In the old days, the “10 and 2” hand position was taught to all new drivers (think of the face of a clock). That misconception has been altered somewhat. Today, a hand position of “9 and 3” is suggested by NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). On slick, snowy roads, this is the best grip technique for handling your vehicle.

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