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Road Safety Tips for Drivers

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Road Safety Tips for Drivers

Road safety is always important, but it’s easy to forget safety when you’re rushing to work or school. Take a break and read these road safety tips for drivers. They may seem simple, but they could just save your life.

 

Never drive while sleepy

 

You just spent all week working hard, and now you’re ready for the long drive to visit family or friends, but you feel like you need a nap. Don’t get behind the wheel if you are feeling sleepy, because it could cost you your life. Instead, pull over and grab a nap, or postpone your trip until you are well-rested.

 

Take breaks

 

If you have a long drive ahead of you, alternate driving with a friend. If this isn’t possible, be sure to stop and take a break every couple of hours, even if you don’t feel sleepy. Your eyes can become fatigued and you could become less alert, which can affect your reaction time and put you at risk of an accident.

 

Be prepared for bad weather

 

If heavy rain makes driving difficult, find a place to pull over until driving conditions improve. If it’s icy or windy, you’ll also need to consider pulling over for a bit. If you’re driving a long way, it might be best to stop for the night and wait for better weather before continuing your journey.

 

Lock up your valuables out of sight

 

Never leave your valuables in your car in plain sight. If you stop for food or rest and leave your vehicle, make sure that you take valuables with you or lock them in the trunk for safekeeping.

 

Sign up for roadside assistance

 

Whether you get it from your insurance company or you sign up for a roadside assistance service, it can be a lifesaver if your car breaks down and you’re far from home. Check your current insurance benefits to see if it’s already included, and make sure you keep the telephone number for the roadside assistance plan in your car at all times so you’ll have it if you need it.