Before you drive...
HAVE A CLEAR HEAD
Make sure you always have a clear head
before deciding to operate a motor vehicle. Alcohol and certain drugs, both
illegal and legal, can severely impair your driving skills. Many
prescription and over-the-counter medications can cause dangerous
drowsiness. Get a good night's rest and don't drive for long stretches
without a break. If you are tired, don't risk the safety of yourself and
others on the highway by trying to drive. Just as with alcohol--designate a
driver or choose another means of transportation such as taxi cab or public
LIMIT DRIVING ALONE WHEN TIRED
Driving with someone else in your vehicle can increase your overall
alertness. It is well recognized that when driving alone, especially when
sleep deprived and at night, your chances of a crash are dramatically
READ THE LABELS
If you are taking any medications, be sure to read and obey the warning
labels. If the label says the medication causes drowsiness or not to
drive--heed the warning and don't drive. The warnings are there for a
reason. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or
to ask about medications for your condition that don't cause drowsiness.
Allow yourself plenty of extra time to reach your destination and allow for
emergencies or traffic jams. In today's busy world most of us are in a hurry
to get where we are going. By allowing extra time we can be more relaxed
when operating our vehicles and thereby cut down on the incidences of road
rage, such as excessive speeding, tailgating and weaving in and out between
RESEARCH SAFETY FEATURES
Safety should always be a top priority when shopping for a vehicle.
Research the safety performance of any vehicle you are considering buying
including how the vehicle performs in crash tests. Both driver and passenger
side air bags are now mandatory in all new cars. Look for side impact bags
in many new models as well. When buying a used vehicle, look for one with
air bags. Research what type of safety systems are in the car and choose the
safest to protect you and your loved ones in the event of a collision.
While in the driver's seat :
Avoid aggressive driving by relaxing and having patience. By not being in
such a rush to reach your destination you will be a calmer person and won't
need to speed and run red lights. A yellow light means slow down, not speed
up. Always stop at red lights.
BE ALERT TO SIGNS OF FATIGUE
If you start to feel tired when driving pull over in a safe area and let
someone else drive. If you are alone, pull into a safe location such as a
well lit rest stop and take a short nap or get out of the car and walk
around for a few minutes. Stop as often as necessary. When traveling on long
trips, eat light. Large, heavy meals can make you drowsy.
PRACTICE COMMON SENSE SAFETY RULES
Always wear your safety belt and make sure all your passengers are buckled
properly, even on short trips. If traveling with children, educate yourself
on the many kinds of child safety seats and restraints. Choose which system
is best for your child and always follow the directions. Make sure children
ages 12 and under are always buckled up in the back seat, the safest place
KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD
Avoid taking your eyes off the road by eliminating any possible
distractions ahead of time. Before setting out on a drive, be sure that
important items are within easy reach, i.e. directions and maps, sunglasses,
etc. Reduce to a minimum possibly dangerous diversions of your attention
from the tasks of safe driving such as changing tapes or compact discs and
always pull over to a safe place to use your cellular telephone.