Safe Family: Safe Driving

How safe of a driver are you? You probably know the basics of how to get from one place to another, but a few simple tips can make you one of the safest drivers on the road.

How closely do you follow other cars on the road? Think about it this way, if the car in front of you hit the brakes hard, would you be able to stop in time? Driving experts recommend leaving one car length for every 10mph of speed, and sometimes even doubling that amount in bad conditions.

Most accidents happen at intersections and within two to three seconds after a light changes. Never assume another driver is going to stop. Have your foot near the brake and be ready to stop.

When your light turns green, dont' go right away. Look both ways again to be sure traffic has really stopped.

Your local police department or your insurance agent may be able to help you find a defensive driving class. Also, some insurance companies offer discounts for drivers who have completed the classes.

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