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5 Safety Tips All Drivers Should Know

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 110 million take a vehicle to work daily.
With all these people on the road, drivers need to take every precaution to ensure they arrive safely at their destinations. Here are some tips to heed in your travels.

  • Keep your vehicle properly maintained. Follow the recommended service intervals found in your vehicle owner’s manual. Always monitor hoses, belts, filters, and fluid levels. Be aware of the presence of fluids on the ground where you often park in your garage, driveway, or parking lot. If you are not sure if the fluid on the ground is fresh, put a piece of cardboard on top of the fluid and then check the cardboard the next time you park over it. Stop on by at Autopractor for a vehicle inspection or if you would like to know the manufacturer recommendations for your vehicle.
  • Carry an emergency roadside kit that includes items such as a first aid kit, jumper cables, row strap, LED flash light, reflective warning triangles, and a rain coat. Be sure to periodically check the health of the batteries and never store them in the device they are to power.
  • Buckle up. When lap and shoulder belts are used correctly, they reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to critical injury by 50 percent (Kahane 2015 – Report No. DOT HS 812 069). Improperly wearing a seat belt raising the risk of injury and air bags alone are not meant to protect you.
  • Know your route. Before heading out on the road, take the time to map out your route. If you plan your route using your phone, enter the destination before you start to drive and consider turning on the audible alerts. Be aware of traffic, construction and weather advisories along your route so you can make alternate plans should these conditions affect your drive. For longer road trips, know where rest stops, food, fuel, and lodging are located.
  • Reduce driver distraction. Traffic and construction are distractions beyond your control. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2017, there were almost 100,000 total crashes nationwide in construction zones and many were the result of distracted driving. When you see the orange “Road Work Ahead” signs or increasing number of red brake light ahead, you can reduce the risk of an accident by decreasing the distractions inside your vehicle.

No matter where you’re headed, heed these suggestions to arrive safely at your destination. Happy travels!

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