Car Safety Tips

It doesn't matter if you are a seasoned driver who has been driving for 30 years or a brand new driver with the ink still wet on you license, you always have to be cautious when you get into a vehicle. Most of these tips are good ole common sense tips but are still a great reminder.    

Be on top of your car maintenance.  A well maintained car is a safer car. Check the oil. Make sure the tires are inflated to the proper psi. Check the tire treads. Check over the belts. Make sure all the lights are working. 

Keep the essentials in the car. You never know when you might break down. Keep a duffle bag with a blanket, a first aid kit and other emergency items in the car. Also, carry extra fluid for the car, like brake fluid, oil, and wind shield wiper fluids. 

Check the weather. You should always know what to expect before you start off on the road. If there is a chance of severe weather, you need to make sure you have what you need in the car. Also, check the wipers to be sure they are working properly. 

Once you know the weather, plan your trip. If you need to be someone at a certain time, add in extra time so you don't feel the need to rush. 

Do not drive while under the influence. There is no safe amount of alcohol or drugs that you can have and still drive safely. Be aware that prescription drugs run a risk of impairing you while you drive. Be sure to read the label and talk to your pharmacist if you are safe to drive while taking it. 

Don't drive when you are tired. Everyone knows that when you are tired you are slower to respond to a situation. If you are tired to begin with, you are more likely to get drowsy while driving. If you start to feel tired, pull over and take a small nap or get a room for the night. 

Always stay focused on the road. Do not check your phone, or fuss with changing the radio, even eating can be a distraction. If your attention is not fully on the road, you are at risk of an accident. 

Knowing your car is in good working order and following these practical tips will keep you safer when on the road.  

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