Stress very often leads to aggressive driving that can cause accidents. Calm down with slow breathing.
Be alert to signs of fatigue
If you start to feel tired when driving, pull over in a safe area and let someone else drive. If you are alone, pull into a safe location such as a well-lit rest stop and take a short nap. You can also get out of the car and walk around for a few minutes. Stop as often as necessary. When travelling on long trips, eat light as large, heavy meals can make you drowsy.
Practice common sense safety rules
Always wear your seat belt. Make sure all your passengers are buckled properly, even on short trips. If travelling with children, educate yourself on the many kinds of child safety seats and restraints. Choose the system that is best for your child and always follow the directions. Make sure children aged 12 and under are always buckled up in the back seat, the safest place to ride.
Keep your eyes on the road
Avoid taking your eyes off the road at all times. Try to eliminate all possible distractions ahead of time. Before setting out on a drive, be sure that important items are within easy reach, i.e. directions and maps, sunglasses, etc. Avoid changing tapes or CDs and always pull over to a safe place to use your cell phone.
Lock your vehicle and pocket the keys even if you are leaving the car for a few moments. Never leave your vehicle with the engine running.
Secure valuables and parcels
Never leave your cheque books, credit cards or other such articles unattended in the car. Lock valuables in the trunk. Park in well-lit and busy areas. This is important for both your personal safety and the protection of your automobile and its contents. Carry your vehicle registration papers with you.
Tips for night driving
Death rates are three times greater at night than during the day. These after-dark dangers can be minimised by preparing your car and following special guidelines while you drive: