A motor vehicle is a complex piece of machinery. That means, to operate it safely, you have to be aware of its condition at all times, as well as understand how to best care for it to ensure its basic functionality and long-term efficiency – which are all crucial for keeping you and your family safe! Need a little advice to get started? Check out our great safety tips for safe driving below!
- Living in Michigan means dealing with icy windows and windshields every winter like clockwork. However, you should never under any circumstances try to thaw or de-ice any glass components on your vehicle with hot water. If you do, you will more than likely crack or shatter the glass and cost yourself big time in repairs.
- One of the most important things to maintain while driving is your vision. That means, if it has been snowing, it is imperative you brush off all your mirrors, headlights, taillights, and your license plate before heading out so that you can see properly, and everyone else can see you.
- While no many people think about this fact, it is true that loose objects such as unoccupied car seats, sporting/gym equipment, and other items can easily become harmful projectiles during a collision. To prevent this, the best thing you can do is make sure all larger/loose items in your car that can be secured or put away, are.
- Not sure you’re putting in your child’s safety seat correctly? Reach out to a child safety seat inspection station near you by calling 1-866-SEAT-CHECK – your town may have a local inspection station nearby with helpful, trained technicians on site to help you in any way they can!
- While it may be tempting to leave your truck bed unlatched or your trunk open to fit just a few more things onboard, it’s never worth the potential danger/damage. Keep all vehicle trucks, latches, hatches, and more property closed and secure at all times.
- If you’re going to be traveling to a new place, or taking an extended road trip, do everything you can to avoid making your vehicle a target to theft. Fresh fast food wrappers, road maps/GPS systems, and lots of luggage in your car are a dead giveaway so make sure you empty your trash between stops, keep all navigational resources hidden away, and never leave any bags in your car overnight.
- If you have a garage, the last thing you want is for it to damage your car. Luckily, you can easily test your garage door’s “reverse sensor” by simply placing a roll of paper towels or something else in its path. If it doesn’t immediately retract upon contact, you might need to have someone come out for repairs.
- Are you a distracted driver? There are actually three different kinds of distracted driving – visual (eyes off the road), manual (hands off the wheel), and cognitive (mental distraction) – which means the best way to be a safer driver is take some time to identify what you struggle with and come up with a strategy to fix it
- If you’re driving at night, or even just feeling a little sleepy, never turn on your cruise control. Should you fall asleep, your car will collide at full speed with its target, ensuring maximum damage. Better yet, if you’re tired or you feel it’s getting late, pull over and rest or find a place to stop for the night to ensure you don’t fall asleep behind the wheel.
- According to the National Safety Council, every half hour an American is killed as a result of an alcohol-related accident – with injuries occurring every two minutes. Do not ever drink and drive. With ride share services, taxis, and shuttles available everywhere, there is never a reason to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.
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