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Five Tips for Being a Safe Driver and Avoiding Traffic Citations

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Five Tips for Being a Safe Driver and Avoiding Traffic Citations

No one wants to get a traffic ticket or be in an accident. It is important to understand and practice defensive driving and safe driving techniques to keep yourself safe on the road. With the right knowledge, you can avoid most accidents and tickets.

  1. 1. Be Aware of the Road

    It is easy to when you are driving to get in trance and stop paying attention to the road and the cars around you, but this is very dangerous. Make sure when you are driving to constantly be paying attention to the cars around and the road conditions. Check your rearview mirror often and constantly be vigilant that you see what is happening around you.

  2. 2. Keep a Safe Distance

    One of the leading causes of rear end collisions is when people travel too closely to the car in front of them. Make sure to always keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you. Most experts recommend the "3 second rule." Pick an object ahead of you and count three seconds from when the vehicle in front of you passes that object. If you reach it before three seconds, you should slow down. At night or when there is bad weather, you should increase this distance to ensure you will have enough time to brake.

  3. 3. Observe the Speed Limit

    We all have times when we are in a hurry and want to drive over the speed limit, however this is a major causes of accidents. Make sure to follow the speed limit to stay safe while driving. During bad weather or when there are unsafe road conditions, make sure to driver slower to avoid accidents. Excessive speeding is the causes for 1/3 of all accidents, so always follow the speed limit.

  4. 4. Stay Alert and Awake

    Driving when you are tired or fatigued can lead to accidents. Make sure to never drive when you are tired and pull off the road for a break or a nap anytime you find yourself tired or dosing off at the wheel.

  5. 5. Avoid Distractions

    Talking on a cell phone, texting, eating or drinking, or doing anything else that may distract you from the road are a leading cause of accidents. Whenever you are operating a vehicle steer clear of any distractions and keep your eyes on the road.

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