Do & Don't

Plan your route in advance.

Don’t always take the fastest one. Take the route with the least amount of traffic.

Merge obliviously.

"When you are merging onto the expressway, the most important thing to remember is that YOU need to adjust YOUR speed to the traffic you are merging into." - Mike Rogers

Avoid the "fast lane".

The majority of freeway accidents happen in the left lane.

A difference in speed limit between 55 mph and 65 mph adds up to a 28% increase in the overall number of fatal accidents.

Drink and drive.

Ever.

Keep your seat the correct distance from the wheel.

When you are sitting back, your wrist rests lightly on the wheel.

Text and drive.

"Good habits take time time to form - about 21 days...You may also need to put the phone in your glove box, turn off the ringer or power it off completely to avoid the temptation. For the first 21 days, you need to do whatever it takes!" - Robert Edgin

27% of adults have sent or received text messages while driving.

Judge other drivers by the condition their car is in.

Cars that have a lot of dents and scratches may indicate an unsafe driver.

Tailgate.

"Tailgating is so high on the list of accident causes because stopping involves more than just applying the brakes. It also includes perception time (realization that you need to stop) and reaction time (moving your foot to the brake pedal). At 60 mph, by the time the vehicle begins to slow down, it will have traveled more than 130 feet." - Eric Vogel

Develop the right attitude about driving.

Driving is a time to be extra responsible.

DON'T drive in a truck's blind spot.

"Behind the truck is the largest No-Zone. The trucker cannot see you and you cannot see what is ahead of the truck, thus greatly reducing your reaction time."- Mark Kinsel

Practice driving in difficult weather conditions.

Be comfortable driving in rain, snow, fog. Know how to bring your wipers to full power and turn fog lights on.

Over 1,300 people are killed in vehicle crashes on snowy, slushy or icy pavement annually. Road salt can reduce accidents by 88%.

Lose focus.

"It takes an average of three seconds after a driver’s mind is taken off the road for any road accident to occur. This is the bare minimum amount of time it takes, and it is surprisingly small. Three seconds is the time it takes to turn your ignition when starting your car." - Kiernan Hopkins

In 2013, 3,154 drivers were killed in distracted driving crashes.

Exercise caution when driving directly into the sun.

When driving into the sunlight, "Leave a bigger gap between vehicles, slow down, and turn on your headlights – While turning these on may not decrease visibility, having your tail lights illuminated can prevent those behind you from a potential solar-powered fender bender." - Allen Park

Rubberneck.

When you press on the brakes to stop and ogle an accident on the shoulder, it can slow traffic for miles and make it more likely for the car behind you to bump you.

Rubbernecking is a form of distracted driving and can lead to multi-car pileups. There is roughly a 50% capacity reduction in vehicular flow in the aftermath of a crash -- even in the far lane, in which no lanes are blocked by a crash.

look at least a full block ahead while you're at the wheel.

"In order to spot risks and potential problems, you need to look at least two blocks ahead. That’s approximately 12 to 15 seconds from where you currently are." - Scott Marshall

Drive with headphones.

It’s understandable if you don’t want to disturb the other passengers, but driving with headphones is dangerous. Other drivers may honk their horns to alert you to possible danger, and headphones prevents you from hearing those signals. If you want to listen to music, use the radio.

Check your mirrors and scan constantly.

"Checking your mirrors and constantly scanning around the car so you always know where there is a safe place to steer into, should someone drift into your lane may save you a lot of grief. Many people experience an accident due to faulty evasive action. If a car does drift into your lane and you swerve into another lane to avoid a crash, but you crash into someone in that lane in the process, now it’s your fault." - Daun Thompson

Let your emotions get the best of you.

Driving can be stressful, and not everyone is a responsible driver. People will drive aggressively, zip past you, then cut you off. These incidents cause road rage, and while it’s understandable to be angry, it’s never a good idea to act on these feelings of frustration. It only puts you and other drivers in more danger.

Invest in a deer whistle.

"A bumper-mounted deer whistle that you can find at your local auto parts store may help reduce the chances of a collision. The frequencies of the whistle are inaudible to humans but can be heard by deer, antelope, moose, and other wildlife, warning them of a fast-approaching vehicle." - Brendan O’Neill

Get cocky.

Many drivers feel like the longer they go without getting into an accident, the better of a driver they are. Don’t assume that a clean record means you’re safe. Always be cautious when driving, stay alert, and don’t be over-confident in your abilities.