Driving is a skill, and your vehicle is a heavy and potentially dangerous machine. To prevent accidents, give driving your full attention.
- Drinking and driving
- Not wearing a seat belt
- Driving at night
- Using a cell phone
Obey Traffic Laws
- Wear a seat belt.
- Don’t speed.
- Obey traffic signals and signs.
- Yield to drivers who have the right of way.
- Don’t overload a vehicle and don’t load it in a way that blocks your rear or side vision.
- Stay at least two seconds behind the driver in front of you (four seconds at night); don’t tailgate.
- Keep checking your rearview and side mirrors for approaching traffic.
Drive Defensively and Safely
- Keep your mind and eyes on the road.
- Pull over and stop if you have to read a map, make a phone call, etc.
- Don’t drive when you’re sleepy.
- Stay constantly alert to other drivers, road construction, potholes, debris, pedestrians, bicycles, etc.
- Turn on your lights when it starts to get dark.
- Maintain your vehicle, including tires, fluid levels, etc.
- Carry emergency repair and signaling equipment.
Be prepared to respond quickly – and safely – to traffic conditions and other drivers. “Expect the unexpected” to prevent accidents when driving.