Avoid accidents with these Safety Tips!
Safe driving is a key part of keeping your community safe. The good news is that it also provides an incentive for lower auto insurance premiums. Follow these helpful tips to ensure public safety and affordable auto insurance.
- Rid yourself of distractions. Driving while distracted is extremely dangerous. Keep other passengers from making too much noise, fighting, and moving about the car.
- Keep cellphones out of reach. Using a cellphone while driving can cause you to lose focus. Wait until you’ve arrived at your destination to make a call or send a text.
- Don’t drive tired! Pull over if you’re too tired and avoid taking certain medications that cause drowsiness before getting behind the wheel.
- Use caution! Always look before changing lanes and use your turn signal. Always come to a complete stop at stop signs.
- Pay attention to your surroundings. Look for pedestrians before you cross through an intersection, and make sure to stop for a school bus displaying a stop sign.
- Yield to Emergency Vehicles. When it’s safe, pull over to let the vehicle through.
- Slow and Steady! Speed limits are posted for a reason. Ensure everyone’s safety and avoid speeding. If caught you may face fines, court appearances, license suspension, and an increase in your insurance premium.
- Buckle up! Wear your seat belt to protect you. In the event of a crash, it may just save your life.
- Beware of weather hazards. Freezing winter temperatures may cause hazardous driving conditions like icy roads. Use caution in shaded areas and over bridges. In the event of a storm try to stay home. Only go out if it’s absolutely necessary.
- Be prepared for the unexpected. In the event that something goes wrong, have an emergency kit in your car. Make sure to have blankets, water, a first aid kit, a flashlight (with extra batteries!), jumper cables, flares, salt or cat litter for traction, and anything else you might think you’ll need.
- Never drive under the influence. Drinking prevents you from thinking clearly and decreases your reaction time. Driving under the influence significantly increases your risk for a lethal accident. Buzzed driving is drunk driving, so even if you’ve had a couple drinks avoid getting behind the wheel. Consequences of driving under the influence include fines, license suspension, and even jail time.