Avoid the "fast lane":
By using the center or right lane on multilane roads, you have more "escape routes" should a problem
suddenly arise that requires you
to quickly change lanes or pull onto the shoulder.Most highway accidents occur in the left lane. Furthermore, you are more conspicuous to highway patrol if you are in the "fast lane."
Drive with your hands in the 9 and 3 o'clock position:
Instead of the lazy, typical way people drive with one hand at 12 o'clock or both hands resting at the bottom
of the steering wheel,
this recommended position facilitates maximum vehicle control when you're forced
into quick maneuvering to avoid a potential car accident.
Keep your eyes moving:
Don't get in the habit of staring at the back of the car ahead of you. Periodically shift your eyes to the
the rear-view mirror, and ahead to where you'll be in 10-15 seconds. Doing this, you can
spot a potentially dangerous situation before it happens.
Always wear a seat belt:
This is a must, no matter where you are, what kind of car you're driving, or where you're driving to. By law in many countries,
all cars must have a safety restraint and it must be used. Buckling up only takes a
second and can save your life in an accident.
Judge a driver by his/her car's condition:
If a car's condition indicates an inattentive owner because of body damage or dirty windows, it could easily suggest an inattentive driver, too.
Also, drifting in the lane often identifies a tired, drunk or cell phone preoccupied driver so you should get away from that kind of person.
Pull over if you need to talk on the phone, read directions, eat a snack, or mess with your iPod or CD player. It only takes a second or
two of distraction to get into trouble, to miss that obstacle in the middle of the road or the car in front of you coming to a jarring halt.
The last thing you want is your mind and hands busy when an emergency situation arises.
Avoid driving at night:
Some people like to travel at night to avoid traffic, but with it comes certain hazards. In addition to your own increased fatigue
and decreased field of vision, Drive extra defensively around the witching hour, after
midnight when some people are leaving parties.
And for goodness' sake, don't drive down a dark road with burned-out headlights or taillights.
Try to avoid driving in bad weather:
Inclement weather be it fog, the wind, rain, or snow means your car can’t perform as normal and neither can the cars around you
regardless of how good a driver you are or those around you are. And even if no one is around you, you still run the risk of
having a weather-related accident.
Don’t drive when you’re tired, whether it’s night or not:
When you're tired especially if you fall asleep easily or your reaction time is impaired. Your brain isn't firing
on all cylinders
and you drive on autopilot, unable to take in all the stimuli around you. When that
happens, you are more likely to put yourself
in a dangerous situation without even realizing it.
Speeding reduces the time you have to react and increases the likelihood of you having an accident.
The faster you’re going, the harder it is to slow down. When you can't slow down, you are
risking the possibility of causing an accident.