Health & Wellness

DRIVING SAFETY TIPS: DURING THE HOLIDAYS & ALWAYS!

12.08.21

 

When you’re behind the wheel of a car – whether alone or with passengers – driving safely should always be your top concern. Especially during the holiday season, we’re more distracted than ever and there are also drivers on the road that may be under the influence, so it’s crucial to know the basics of safe driving and practice them every time you’re on the road. Here are some safe tips:

Focus on Driving

>  Keep 100% of your attention on driving at all times – no multi-tasking
>  Don’t use your phone or any other electronic device while driving
>  Slow down; speeding gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident

Drive “Defensively”

>  Be aware of what other drivers around you are doing, and expect the unexpected
>  Assume other motorists will do something unexpected, and always be prepared to avoid it
>  Keep a two-second cushion between you and the car in front of you
>  Make your cushion four seconds if the weather is bad

Make a Safe Driving Plan

>  Build time into your trip schedule to stop for food, rest breaks, phone calls or other business
>  Adjust your seat, mirrors and climate controls before putting the car in gear
>  Pull over to eat or drink; it takes only a few minutes

Practice Safety

>  Secure cargo that may move around while the vehicle is in motion
>  Don’t attempt to retrieve items that fall to the floor
>  Have items needed within easy reach (toll fees, toll cards and garage passes)
>  Always wear your seat belt and drive sober and drug-free