Top 5: Safe Driving Tips

Published On February 23, 2016 | By Margaret Sasser | Featured, News presented by SCC, On the top

Top 5: Safe Driving Tips

1. Put your phone in the backseat

This one is for all of the texting and driving offenders. The best way to avoid the temptation to text/tweet/Snapchat and drive is simply to place the phone in the backseat of the vehicle, completely out of reach. Out of sight out of mind, right?  Make a pledge to end distracted driving at http://www.dmv.org/distracted-driving.php. The DMV has even reviewed apps that fight distracted driving. View them at: http://www.dmv.org/distracted-driving-apps.php (www.dmv.org is a privately owned website and not to be confused with www.ncdot.gov/)

2. Keep two car lengths distance

When driving in heavy traffic or even on the highway, your best bet while driving is to maintain the length of two cars between you and the vehicle in front of you. If the driver ahead suddenly stops, you’ll have ample time to slow down or change lanes to avoid a nasty rear-end collision. This type of accident is one of the most common nationwide, so don’t think that it can’t happen to you too!

3. Drive by yourself

Carpooling is great for the environment, but for inexperienced drivers, your best bet is to keep your friends out of the car. New drivers are far more likely to have an accident if they are driving with friends or family in the car. Minimize distractions until you’re more comfortable behind the wheel.

4. Don’t drive when you’re tired or sick

Been running off Red Bull and 5-Hour Energy all day? Try hitching a ride with a friend or family member. Closing your eyes while driving for even a few seconds could mean the difference in avoiding a collision.Also, certain medications such as headache or cold medicine can cause you to feel spacey and drowsy.

5. Wear your seatbelt and obey speed limits. (Two hints in one!)

It’s simple, but true. Obeying the speed limit and wearing your seatbelt is the best insurance you have to avoid and survive a car accident. Make sure friends riding with you “buckle up,” too.

Visit http://www.dmv.org/insurance/safe-driving-tips-for-teenage-drivers.php for more safe driving tips for teens.

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is a rising freshman at the University of South Carolina. After growing up in Whiteville, her family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina when she was 14. When she’s not contributing to POP!, you can find her spending time at the beach with her friends and family. She plans to study international business and hopes to one day have a career that will allow her to travel the world. ​

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