Common sense dictates “safety first” when driving, but we’ve all witnessed the hazards of dangerous motorists; here are some reminders:
- Avoid distractions. Drivers using cell phones or texting account for more than a quarter of auto accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Check your wheels. Driving on tires with low or imbalanced air pressure is extremely dangerous and can cause blowouts and spinouts. Regularly test tire pressure and tread, and allow extra braking room in slippery conditions.
- Pay attention. Anticipate other drivers’ moves and avoid their blind spots. It’s recommended you check your mirrors every 6–8 seconds while cruising.
- Stop signs. One guideline is to spell S–T–O–P aloud before proceeding past the red sign.
- Watch out for pedestrians. Walkers and bike riders are at the mercy of drivers; pay extra attention at intersections and near schools or buses.
- Consider your capability. Driving skills can decrease with age, and those over age 70 are more likely to be involved in fatal accidents.