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Be a Safe Driver

Four safe driving musts that everyone should

know and follow:

Obey the three second rule: Every driver should know and

heed the three second rule: When the vehicle ahead of you

passes a fixed object (such as a tree or telephone pole) slowly

count "one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand." If you reach the object before completing the count, you're following too closely. Double your following distance (to six seconds) in poor weather.

 

Use turn signals: Failing to signal your intentions to other

motorists is always dangerous – as well as discourteous.  If they are in your blind spot and you just assume no one's there and

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Parents: Think about sharing these "safe driving musts' with young drivers in your family.

execute a maneuver without signaling first, these folks will get no advance warning -- and will suffer the most if you strike them.

 

Maintain appropriate speed: Driving too slowly can be more dangerous than driving a little faster than the posted limit.  Try to drive with the flow of traffic – and if the car behind you clearly wishes to go faster, the best thing to do is let it get by, whether you are "doing the limit" already or not. The other driver may have an emergency you are unaware of – and in any event, it is simply safer and more courteous to yield to faster-moving traffic. Leave enforcement of speed limits to the police. Driving too fast can be dangerous. For example, while it may be perfectly legal to drive 65 mph on the highway, if you don't slow down when it's raining heavily (or snowing) and your visibility as well as your car's stopping ability are reduced – you increase your chances of having an accident. Use your judgment – and adjust speed to match conditions and your comfort level. Don't drive faster than you – or your vehicle – can drive safely, with ample "cushion" of time and space to make corrections and react to changing conditions and other motorists.

 

Plan ahead/use your mirrors: Anticipate the need to brake or make lane changes, etc. by constantly scanning your driving environment and watching the actions of other drivers, pedestrians and so on. The best drivers always maintain "situational awareness," where other cars are in relation to their vehicle, what's coming up ahead – and what's happening on either side of them and behind them. Use

your mirrors frequently.

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