The following driving behaviours are dangerous, and could result in serious motor vehicle collisions:
- Disobey Stop Sign
- Disobey traffic control signals
- Fail to yield
- Follow too close
- Improper turn
- Driving while texting, talking on a cell phone, eating, drinking or adjusting the radio or other controls
How to ensure your safety and the safety of other drivers on the road:
- Don’t speed. When driving in town, driving quicker won’t save that much time – but will increase your likelihood of a collision.
- Don’t drive drowsy – get a good night’s sleep so you are alert at all times.
- Wear your seatbelt – properly! The right way to wear it is across the chest – the strap shouldn’t be under the arm or behind the back.
- Be extra careful in bad weather. If visibility is reduced by rain or snow, reduce your speed. If possible, avoid traveling when weather is bad.
- Always carry emergency supplies in your vehicle in case of emergency, such as energy bars, blankets, flashlights, and a small shovel.
- Don’t follow too closely. Use the “three second” rule. Find a stationary object (like a road sign) on the side of the road. When the vehicle in front of you passes the object, three seconds should pass before your vehicle passes the same object.
- Be prepared for other drivers’ errors. Unpredictable lane changes, sudden stops, unsignaled turns and tailgating are all things that drivers may experience on the road. Be prepared by being alert, continuously checking mirrors, and always be aware of what’s going on around you.
- Have a mechanic perform regular maintenance on your vehicle. Things like noises when the brakes are applied or improper tire pressure can lead to collisions.
- If you drink, DON’T DRIVE.