Tips from a Safe Driver

  • Always be aware of your physical state. If you feel very tired or feel sick, it is better you get off the highway. You mustn’t drive if you are taking prescription drugs which have an effect of sleepiness.
  • Don’t drive when your emotions are running high for example when you are angry or depressed. Remember that strong feelings distract you from the road.
  • Plan your trip. Checking the weather and highway conditions will help you to avoid driving during peak rush hour times and know about bad weather conditions. If the weather is bad to give yourself enough time to arrive safely and if you haven’t started the trip it is a good idea to cancel or wait until the weather clears up.
  • Check your blind spot when turning or changing lanes. Check your mirror and also look over your shoulder to double-check. Keep always all windows and mirrors clear for a driving view.
  • Maintain your car routinely and make sure it is in good shape. If you don’t do that, there is the possibility to have a malfunction in the car that can get you into trouble while driving.
  • Make other drivers aware of you and treat them with respect. If you think other drivers are unaware that you are passing them, don’t be afraid to beep your horn lightly. Always treat them, other drivers, respectfully and avoid discussions with them.
  • Stay away from other cars. The plenty of room between your car and others on the path will increase reaction time in case a problem arises. Don’t tailgate.
  • Make sure you don’t fix your eyes on a single object while you look off into the distance. Don’t try to perform other tasks inside the car such as talking on the cell phone, it is better to wait until you reach a stopping point.
  • Think ahead will be really important when you are driving. It helps you to spot potential problems. For instance, if you see traffic slowing up ahead, be prepared to slow down if it becomes necessary.
Driving Guidelines