07/18/2010

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Your best friend calls you and tells you he/she's really sick? How do you show you care? 10 Tips for Better Driving<br/> <br/> The following are some tips to make you a more &quot;aware&quot; driver as well as to hopefully help you increase your safety while on the road or traveling.<br/> <br/> 1.Hire an auto transport company. Often, people underestimate how much money and time can be saved by using a car shipping company instead of driving their vehicles themselves. Shipping company can pick up and drop off your vehicle for you, also their drivers are far more familiar with roads, and when you ship your car, you don&#39;t have to worry about driving or tacking on extra miles to your personal vehicle!<br/> 2.Plan out your trip in advance. Planning out your trip in advance can save you money on gas, hotel expenses and even food stops. Don&#39;t make the mistake of relying on technology alone (i.e. your GPS) because technology can sometimes fail. Instead, know what areas to avoid so that you can have the smoothest ride possible.<br/> 3.Travel during off-peak hours.Avoid driving during rush hour when people tend to drive the most erratically. Instead, try to plan your shopping and trips during off-peak or light traffic hours. Taking local roads instead of highways may also help avoid major jams.<br/> 4.Use your car signals. Signals are there for a good reason, so don&#39;t ever assume that the people around you will be able to anticipate what your next move is going to be. Use your signals to let everyone know what you intend to do and then make sure the coast is clear before changing lanes, slowing down to make turns or park.<br/> 5.Don&#39;t follow too closely. Tailgating is one of the number one causes of traffic accidents. Even when you are approaching a red light, you should always leave yourself enough room to easily maneuver around a vehicle in the event of an emergency or to avoid an accident. When driving on the road, follow the 2-second rule when traveling behind someone. Failing this, you should always try to keep at least 2 car lengths between you and the person in front of you, and an even greater distance when traveling at higher speeds on highways. The reason for this is to give yourself enough reaction time should someone in front of you slam on their brakes. Remember, it takes a vehicle significantly longer to come to a complete stop when it is traveling at higher speeds.<br/> 6.Cut out all distractions. For your protection and the protection of those around you, turn off all devices prior to driving so that you are not distracted. Turn your cell phone off, make sure that your iPod playlist is where you want it before you leave, etc. If you have to make a phone call, pull over to the side of the road to do so.<br/> 7.Avoid nighttime driving. Driving at night is more dangerous because your sight is far more limited than it is during daytime hours. Be wary of deer and other wildlife that may dart across the roadway. Also be conscious of drunk drivers and other distracted motorists who may fall asleep at the wheel.<br/> 8.Drive according to the posted speed limit.More people waste petrol simply due to the fact that they speed while driving. If you follow the posted speed limit within 5 miles or so, you&#39;ll reduce the amount of times that you need to refuel.<br/> 9.Get plenty of rest. Driving while tired ranks right up there with driving while intoxicated. Before you climb behind the wheel of a car (especially for long road trips), make sure that you get plenty of rest.<br/> 10.Turn your lights on. Most people fail to realize/remember that whenever it is raining outside or whenever there is poor weather, you must, by law, have your lights turned on. Not only does this help to improve your field of vision, but it also alerts other motorists as to your whereabouts on the road, especially in heavy rainfall, snow or other inclement weather conditions.<br/> <br/>

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