Here are some general tips to help you stay safe while driving:

  • Keep your doors locked, safety belts buckled and children safe and secure in properly installed safety seats.
  • Don’t allow children to fight or climb around in your car. One accidental bump or too much noise can easily distract you from concentrating on driving safely.
  • Always use caution when changing lanes. Accidentally cutting in front of someone, changing lanes too fast or not using your signals may cause an accident or upset other drivers.
  • Although it is important to have a mobile phone available in case of emergencies, do not use your cell phone while operating your vehicle.
  • Avoid driving when you’re tired. Be aware that some medications can cause drowsiness and make operating a vehicle very dangerous.
  • Try to keep your gas above 1/3 of a tank.
  • If you are unfamiliar with an area, stay on main roads and highways, and don’t forget your mapping tools.
  • When stopping for breaks, never let children go to the restroom alone. Always lock vehicle doors, even if you’ll only be gone for a few minutes.
  • Do not stop to help a disabled vehicle. Instead, call for help from your mobile phone.
  • If stopping during nighttime travel, choose a well-lit, populated facility. Park where your vehicle can be seen.
  • If approached by someone while your vehicle is stopped, keep your doors locked and only roll your window down enough to hear what the person is saying.