To mark the first week of National Safety Month here are 5 tips for
driving safety and preparedness:
- Care for your tires. Check your tire tread and pressure regularly (don’t forget to check your spare tire too!). Follow your manufacturer’s recommendations for tire rotation and replacement.
- Tend to your vehicle. Stay current with recommended and scheduled vehicle maintenance and comply with any vehicle recall notifications.
- Be prepared for any situation. Even with a well-maintained vehicle, situations can arise where you may find yourself stranded on the road. Keep water, a flashlight and flares, and a first aid kit in your vehicle at all times (add tire chains and a blanket in the winter months). Jumper cables are a must!
- Avoid distractions! Keep your eyes on the road and your attention focused on the task at hand. Program your GPS before you start moving and keep your cell phone out of reach. Remember, hands-free is not distraction free!
- Practice safe driving. Watch your speed and avoid hard braking or rapid acceleration to reduce your chances of a motor vehicle incident. Allow plenty of space between yourself and the car ahead of you.