Protect yourself - - and you license.
Safety Tips for the Road
Every 18 seconds someone is involved in an
auto accident; every 11 minutes someone dies. Here are some
street-smart strategies every driver should practice:
---Be cautions at intersections, a danger zone. Intersections
can be risky because there are a lot of distractions: turning
cars, pedestrians and red-light runners.
---Steer clear of erratic drivers. Let a tailgater pass you.
---Keep your eyes on the road. Talking on a cell phone or
reading a map can distract you and lead to an accident. Keep
in mind that a distracted driver might also be near you. Drive
---Be alert near parked cars. Someone could open a car door or
pull out in front of you.
---Donít drive sleep-deprived. Sleep
is not a matter of willpower, but a biological need. If you
become drowsy, pull off the road and get some rest.
---When passing another car, get past the driverís blind spot
as quickly and safely as possible.
---Know your brakes. Most cars have antilock brakes, which
require a driver to apply a firm and continuous pressure on
---In stormy weather, leave extra space between you and the
---Donít drive through water. A small amount of water can
disable a vehicle in seconds.
---Donít forget the basics: Buckle your seatbelt, limit loose
objects in your car and lock your doors.