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Key points to remember when driving

As part of your defensive driving program, keep the following key points in mind at all times. By knowing and using the information presented here, you can help prevent accidents from happening. Prevention of accidents is the goal of any defensive driving program, and it all starts with you!

Make sure you understand the following defensive driving tips and that you apply them whenever you are behind the wheel.

  • Know the driving hazards you can face on the road
    • Be prepared to adjust to these hazards at any time, day or night.
  • Maintain your vehicle in good condition
    • This is especially important for parts such as brakes, steering, and lights. Have your vehicle serviced when necessary and always take a few minutes before leaving to look your vehicle over for problem areas.
  • Always wear a seat belt
    • Always wear a seat belt and insist that your passengers do so as well.
  • Follow traffic rules and obey signs and signals
    • Be especially alert at night for signs and signals that may be difficult to see. This often happens in rural areas where there is almost no lighting at all or in metro areas that have a lot of bright lights.
  • Be a safe and defensive driver every day
    • Do not let your emotions get the better of you, no matter what the situation may be. Keep cool and calm while operating a vehicle.
  • Know how to respond to an accident
    • Know the basic steps to first aid should anyone be injured and require your help. Keep your first aid kit stocked up.