Safe driving is of the utmost importance for yourself and others. By being vigilant and aware of your surroundings, you can stay safe on the road.
- When driving in wet, rainy or snowy weather, ensure that you reduce your speed and increase your following distance. Drive defensively. Reduce background noise from the radio and don’t be distracted by looking at the GPS or cell phone while driving.
- Carefully plan any trips and choose routes you are already familiar with. Try to bypass areas that are prone to heavy traffic or construction. Avoid driving at dawn or dusk, when visibility is reduced.
- Safety first. Make sure your car’s mirrors, windshield, windows and headlights are always clean for clarity on the road and carry a first-aid kit, flashlight and blanket in case of emergencies. In the winter, it might be wise to keep a snow shovel as well as an ice scraper in the car.
- Check your eyesight and hearing every year to ensure they are good enough to drive, and wear your prescription glasses/sunglasses and a hearing aid, if needed.
- Wear your seatbelt at all times and ensure any passengers do the same.
- If in doubt, choose local transit, call a taxi, or ask a reliable friend (or family member) to either give you a lift or run an errand for you.