When you’re behind the wheel of a car – whether alone or with passengers – driving safely should always be your top concern. We’re more distracted than ever, 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 driving tips:

  1. Focus on Driving.  Keep 100% of your attention on driving always.  NO multi-tasking!  Don’t use your phone or any other electronic devices while driving.  Slow down.  Speeding gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident.
  2. Drive Defensively.  Be aware of what other drivers around you are doing, and expect the unexpected.  Assume other motorists will do something crazy and always be prepared to avoid it.  Keep a 2-second cushion between you and car in front of you.  Make that 4 seconds if the weather is bad.
  3. 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 control before putting the car in gear.  Pull over to eat or drink.  It only takes a few minutes.
  4. 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 – such as toll fees, toll cards and garage passes. Always wear your safety belt and drive sober and drug-free.