Safe Driving Tips

Vehicle Maintenance
  • Prepare your car for night driving. Clean headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows (inside and out) once a week and more often if necessary.
  • Maintain proper tire pressure.
  • Get regular oil changes.
  • Secure loose items in your trunk. All items not secured will bounce around in the vehicle if a crash occurs.

In Bad Weather
  • Reduce speed in foggy, rainy, or snowy weather.
  • Straight line braking. No sudden turning.

On Rural Roads
  • Reduce speed on rural winding roads or roads you are unfamiliar with.
  • Exercise extreme caution when passing or overtaking other vehicles on a 2-lane roadway.

Seat Belt Use
  • One unbelted person can seriously injure or kill other people inside the car if a crash occurs. Buckle up every person in the vehicle!
  • A seat belt is designed to keep you in your seat and distribute the force of the collision along the strongest parts of your body.

Report Drunk Drivers: Call 911
  • Clues to Spot a Drunk Driver
    • Weaving/swerving in and out of the lane
    • Travelling at speeds much slower than the flow of traffic
    • Braking erratically or stopping in the lane
    • Sudden stops for signal lights and slow start once they change
    • Making wide turns and/or cutting the corner striking the curb
    • Headlights off at night or on high beams
    • Straddling the center line of the road or lane lines
    • Aggressive driving such as speeding, tailgating, unsafe passing, unsafe lane changes
  • How to Report a Drunk Driver
    • Call 911 and tell them you wish to report a suspected drunk driver. You do not have to give your name.
    • Give a complete description of the vehicle such as make, model, color and license plate number.
    • Give the exact location of the vehicle, including the name of the road, cross streets, and the direction of travel.
    • Describe the manner in which the vehicle in being driven.
    • Do not try to stop the car or detain the driver. Leave that to a law enforcement officer.

General Tips
  • Always drive sober and alert.
  • Secure your phone in a safe place and do not answer it while you are driving.
  • Refrain from driving if you are upset or tired.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel.
  • Scan the area constantly.
  • Keep a high visual horizon.
  • Be cautious at intersections.
  • Straight line braking. No sudden turning.
  • Always drive defensively and avoid making assumptions about what other drivers are going to do on the road.