August is National Traffic Awareness Month. It never huts to brush up on your driving skills!
Road safety should be every driver’s concern. Unfortunately, some do not make it a priority. Focus on things you can do to make driving safer.
- Keep your car well maintained. Check fluid levels, tire air pressure levels, the expiration date of your battery, and make sure all lights/signals are working.
- Use your seat belt. Even with increased safety features in today’s vehicles, your seatbelt could save your life in an accident!
- Keep your cool on the road. A 4,000 pound vehicle does not make you invincible like Superman.
- Practice defensive driving. Keep in mind, some drivers are not well versed in proper driving etiquette. And, some drivers do not have a clear understanding of rules of the road. Keep your cool and focus on what you can do on your end.
- Don’t drink and drive. Even with one drink, your attention span is affected.
- Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you. Follow the 3 second rule. By doing this, you’ll have time to stop if the person in front of you brakes suddenly.
- Observe the speed limit. Speeding has been identified as a contributing factor to 31% of fatalities.
- Drive carefully in bad weather. Excessive rain, fog, snow and ice affect your safety. Allow extra time or pull over if visibility is poor.
- Don’t drive if you feel drowsy. Certain medication can cause drowsiness, which can have an impact similar to alcohol.
Owning a car is a luxury that comes with responsibility! Stay safe out there!