Over 100 Safe
Driving Tips For
• Get to school five to ten minutes early and leave five minutes late to
avoid the mad dash into and out from the parking lots. Many
accidents happen when kids are rushing around.
• If your school lot has perpendicular spaces (not angle parking),
park in a space you can pull straight out of instead of having to
back out. Backing out in crowed lots is tricky.
• Watch for kids getting on and off school buses--and don't run into
the school buses, either.
• Go slow.
• Don't leave valuables like wallets, shoes, leather jackets or sports
equipment in your cars where they can be seen because they invite
• Always stop for school buses with flashing lights. The flashing lights
mean that students are either getting on or off the bus--and may be
crossing the street. Their safety depends on cars obeying this law.
Driving around town
• Avoid making left hand turns across busy intersections that don't
have turn signals. It takes a while to learn how to gage the
oncoming traffic. Better to go down a block or two until you come to
a light, or plan a route that doesn't need this turn.
• Don't make assumptions about what other drivers are going to do.
The only thing you can assume about another driver with a turn
Driving in the country
• Watch out for deer and other large and small animals. If you see a
deer approaching, slow down and flash your lights repeatedly.
Often, the deer will run away.
• Also, if you see one deer, watch out for others close by--they often
travel in pairs or groups.
• Watch out for pigs, chickens, cows, and skunks, too.
• When driving in the desert, watch out for animals like camels. One
visitor from Saudi Arabia wrote in that a relative was severely
injured in an impact with a camel.
Driving in Bad Weather
• Turn your headlights on anytime you need to turn your windshield
wipers on--in rain, fog, sleet, freezing rain, or snow. It will help your
visibility--and also help other drivers see you. (It's now the law in
Maryland that you have to turn your lights on whenever you need to
keep your windshield wipers on.) • In winter, keep an ice scraper with a brush in your car in case it
snows or sleets. Also check that you have wiper fluid/de-icer in your
car. If it gets messy while you are out, these will come in handy.
• Double the space you normally leave between you and the next
car. You'll need more space to stop on slick roads.
• Brake gently
• Make sure your exhaust tail pipe is clear if you've had to dig your
car out of snow or ice or if you've backed into a snow bank. If your
tail pipe is blocked you could get sick or die from carbon monoxide
• When driving on slippery surfaces like ice or snow use gentle
pressure on the accelerator pedal when starting. If your wheels
start to spin, let up on the accelerator until traction returns.
• Check that windshield washer works-you may need it in snow and
• Braking in bad weather can be tricky. When braking on wet roads:
(1) if you have ABS (anti-lock) brakes, do not pump brakes
(2) if you skid with non ABS brakes and your wheels lock up, let up
on the brakes to unlock the wheels, then brake gently.
• Listen to radio traffic reports and adjust your travel plans
• Keep windows and windshield clear. Make sure wipers are working.
• Leave a window open a little bit to keep windshield from fogging up
and to give you fresh air.
• Watch for danger spots ahead. You've probably heard that bridges
and overpasses may freeze before the roads do.
• When starting out in bad weather, test your brakes to see how far it
takes you to stop. This tip was sent in by someone who didn't do
this and ended up wrecking her car. She also called her dad on his
car phone to tell him about the accident--and he was so upset, he
wrecked his car, too. So her second tip is not to tell your parents
that you've wrecked the car while they are driving.
• If you are stuck in ice or snow, try putting your floor mats under the
edge of the tires to give them traction.