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Old 01-22-2009, 04:36 PM
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Before driving, always do a quick safety check of your car. Take a look at the tires to make sure they are properly inflated, check to make sure your lights and turn signals are working properly. Check for fluid leaks or items that may be hanging from the vehicle. Make sure your windshield wipers and horn are working properly.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:57 PM
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Make sure you adjust your mirrors and seat before you start driving.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:57 PM
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When stopping at a stop sign, make sure that as you apply your brakes you feel the car rock backwards slightly before moving forward again. Also make sure that you look to the left, then to the right, then straight forward, then again to the left before moving. This is also a good idea if you are at a traffic light that has just turned green.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:58 PM
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Do not always assume what the other driver is going to do. If you are at a four-way stop and there is an oncoming car. Do not assume that the car will stop at the sign. If you are stopped and the oncoming car is using their turn signal, do not assume that the car is actually going to turn.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:58 PM
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If you are traveling behind other vehicles, you should always maintain a distance of at least four seconds between yourself and the next vehicle. To determine this timing, if the car in front of you passes a non-moving object, count to see how long it takes you to pass the same object. Back off your speed somewhat if you pass the object before counting to four. Increase this distance to eight seconds during bad weather or at night.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:59 PM
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DO NOT USE YOUR CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING!! This will increase your chances of being in a collision by nearly 400 percent since you are not giving your full attention to the road. If you must make a call, pull over before pulling out your phone.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:59 PM
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Pull over to the right side of the road and STOP when being approached by an oncoming emergency vehicle, such as police, fire truck, or ambulance.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:00 PM
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If you are driving on a road with multiple lanes, stay in the right lane as much as possible and leave the left lanes to allow vehicles to pass one another.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:01 PM
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Remember that your braking distance increases as your speed increases. When you drive at twice your ordinary speed, it takes your car four times as long to brake properly.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:01 PM
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Be alert and watch the drivers around you. If they are on their phones, eating, or putting on makeup while driving, they are not paying as much attention to the road as they should be.
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Old 01-24-2009, 05:09 AM
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When driving out of town, look for highway information radio stations on the AM band. For example, you'll see a sign that reads "MOTORIST INFORMATION TUNE TO 530 AM." These low-power stations are operated by state highway and transportation departments, state tourism offices, and even city chambers of commerce. They provide information on construction projects, detours, and, in some cases, things to do and places to see in the town you're passing through!
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Look far ahead while driving, especially in turns. This will help you avoid trouble on straightaways, and helps taking turns and curves much more smoothly, even at higher speeds.
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:25 PM
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When driving on the interstate, if there is a vehicle pulled over on the side of the road be curtious and get in the lane furthest from them. This will prevent you from accidently hitting the person should they get out of their car. Also, if you do not see any assistance for the person, call either a roadside assistance number or the state police. Both of these numbers are "#" and a number. Do not call 911 - leave that number for bigger emergencies.
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Old 02-11-2009, 06:55 AM
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Those "WORK ZONE" signs you see near highway construction sites are there for a reason. The Work Zone sign programs began in the 1990s after highway construction workers, law enforcement officers--and even civilians--were injured or killed when a motorist failed to stop in time to avoid a crash.

Work Zone laws vary from state to state, but most every state levies steep fines and jail time for drivers who don't obey the posted speed limits or do not allow sufficient space between their vehicles and the construction equipment.

For example, in Illinois the minimum fine for a first-time Work Zone violation is $375.00. In Missouri, a person convicted of striking a highway worker with his car faces up to 14 years in prison and the revocation of his driving privileges.

As the Illinois campaign says, "Keep Highway Workers Alive--Drive 45!"
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:32 PM
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You won't get a speeding ticket if you simply don't speed. Get in the habit of driving within the speed limit and you'll never have to worry about getting pulled over. Don't say I didn't tell you!
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:41 PM
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If your car is equipped with a cruise control, USE it. Just set the control to the speed limit and leave it alone. When you're on the highway, it reduces the risk of speeding due to a heavy foot...

However, do NOT use cruise control in heavy traffic, on slippery surfaces, or on extremely hilly roads...
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Old 06-26-2009, 08:44 PM
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No matter how good a driver you may be, you cannot depend that the other driver is just as good as you are! Always look at the drivers around you and make sure that they are not doing anything that could endanger you, such as weaving in and out of traffic, speeding excessively, etc., and stay away from these drivers as much as possible!
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:42 PM
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Don't turn your hi-beams on when driving in intense fog. Instead, drive with the low-beams. The intense light from the hi-beams is reflected when it hits the fog so it makes it even harder to see.
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Be careful when driving in heavy rain. Some puddles on the road may be deeper than you expect and you might hydroplane. Although it is best to avoid them completely, if you have to drive through standing water on the road, do so carefully, don't rush through.
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Exclamation And it works as well in the opposite direction, too!

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Pull over to the right side of the road and STOP when being approached by an oncoming emergency vehicle, such as police, fire truck, or ambulance.
In most areas, this ALSO applies to oncoming emergency vehicles on undivided four-lane highways. I found this out the hard way several months ago when a fire-department vehicle was coming toward me in the opposite lanes as I was signaling a left turn. The vehicle passed, I made a left turn, and was stopped by a state trooper who had been following the fire-department vehicle. Result: A $120 moving violation ticket and points on my driver's license!
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