Tip 1: Limit Distractions (02:59)
Safe driving requires that you to concentrate only on driving. Cell phone use makes a crash eight times more likely to occur. Drinking while driving accounts for 32% of all traffic deaths. Drowsiness often affects teen drivers. Eating and drinking increases the chances for an accident by 80%.
Tip 2: Steer Clear of Weather and Darkness (04:43)
Weather conditions cause more than 1.5 million accidents a year. Traffic death rates are three times greater at night; teen crash rates start to rise at 9:00 PM. An expert gives suggestions for driving at night, in bright light, and in poor weather. An expert explains hydroplaning and prevention.
Tip 3: Drive Defensively and Courteously (02:28)
Defensive driving means being cautious of other drivers and following road rules. Experts offer tips for dealing with road rage, and suggestions for defensive driving and driver responsibility. The golden rule is to assume that the person in front of you is going to do something unexpected.
Tip 4: Know Your Limits (02:55)
Teen drivers have the highest crash risk per miles traveled. Experts discuss knowing the laws that specifically apply to teen drivers. Graduated Driving Licensing has three basic stages: learner, intermediate, and licensed driver. Each individual needs to understand their own limitations.
Tip 5: Learn Basic Vehicle Safety Tips (02:52)
Experts discuss checking your car to make sure that it is road ready. Inventory the exterior and use a safety check list. Be sure you have your registration, proof of insurance, gas, and look for any engine lights. In a driving emergency, use the accessible shoulder and get the car off of the road.
Credits: Top Five Tips for Safe Driving: Handling Your Vehicle Responsibly (00:39)
Credits: Top Five Tips for Safe Driving: Handling Your Vehicle Responsibly
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