5 Safe Driving Tips

by Susan Evans

These tips are from police officers and those who have first-hand experiences with car-related emergencies.

1. Pay Attention

  • After interviewing police officers from around the country, we found that inattention was the number one cause of accidents. Statistics support this claim: distracted driving contributes to 16% of all fatal crashes, leading to around 5,000 deaths every year, noted the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Examples of distracted driving include talking on a cell phone, eating or drinking, reading, putting on makeup or changing the radio while driving. If you must use your cell phone, use a hands-free device while driving.

WHN TIP – Cell Phones Usage: Many states and local jurisdictions have restrictions regarding cell phones and driving. Check with your local police department about the laws in your area.

2. Slow Down

3. Have Forms, Will Travel 

4. Keep It Running

  • Practice good car maintenance and have your car checked at least once a year, especially before winter.

5. Car Emergency Kit: Because You Never Know

  • Prepare a Car Emergency Kit with the essential items needed in the event of an emergency – spare tire, flares, food/water, antifreeze, etc. Make sure you add winter items before it gets too cold.

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