Fasten your seat belts
Car crashes are a leading cause of death. Apart from always following traffic signs and obeying the rules of the road, buckling up your seat belt greatly reduces your injury risks in the event of an accident. In fact, the deaths and injuries could be reduced by about half, if both drivers and passengers used their seat belts. Always ensure that everyone in your vehicle is strapped in and small children are secured in safety seats before you start.
Never, ever drink and drive
Alcohol is the leading cause of fatal car crashes caused by human error. People are killed on the road every day due to alcohol-impaired judgement or reflexes. Drunken driving also results in thousands of injuries including lifetime disabilities like brain damage, paralysis, blindness, or amputated or deformed limbs.
Overheating of Cars
On a warm day, the temperature inside a car can shoot up in minutes, even if the windows are partially open. Even if it is not so hot outside, the danger of overheating exists - especially if you have a dark-coloured car. Don't leave pets or children unattended.
Carry these items in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
Respect other drivers
Do's & Don'ts of driving
Have a clear head
Make sure you always have a clear head when you drive. Alcohol and certain drugs, both illegal and legal, can severely impair your driving skills. Many prescription and over-the-counter medications can cause dangerous drowsiness. Get a good night's rest and don't drive for long stretches without a break. If you are tired, don't risk the safety of yourself and others on the highway by trying to drive. Instead, designate a driver or choose another means of transportation such as taxi or public transportation.
Limit driving alone when tired
Driving with someone else in your vehicle can increase your overall alertness. It is well known that driving alone, especially when sleep deprived and at night, increases chances of an accident occurring.
Read the labels
If you are taking any medications, be sure to read and obey the warning labels. If the label says the medication causes drowsiness or not to drive - heed the warning.
Allow yourself plenty of extra time to reach your destination and allow for emergencies or traffic jams. By allowing extra time, you can be more relaxed while driving and thereby avoid road rage and rash driving.