Five Safe Driving TipsThese tips are from police officers and those who have first-hand experiences with car-related emergencies.
- Pay Attention
After interviewing police officers from around the country, we found that inattention was the number one cause for accidents. Statistics support this claim: distracted driving accounts for nearly 80 percent of the SIX million car crashes each year, according to 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.
- Take the time to eat, drink or put on your makeup before driving.
- If you must use your cell phone, use a hands-free device while driving.
WHN TIP: Cell Phones
Many states and local jurisdictions have restrictions regarding cell phones and driving. Check with your local police department about the laws in your area.
- Slow Down
Practice cautious driving in severe weather conditions. Read our articles Winter Driving and Driving in the Rain for severe weather driving tips.
- Car Accident Forms
Check out our Get Help - Car Accident page - it walks you through what to do if you're in a fender bender.
- Keep on Running
Practice good car maintenance and have your car checked at least once a year, especially before winter.
- 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.