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5 Driving Tips to Help Keep You Safe as States Reopen

Stay safe on the road with these tips.

COVID-19 Results in Less Traffic, Increased Speeding

States around the country temporarily shut down to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These actions also resulted in less people on the roads. With less traffic, there has been an increase in speeding tickets and accidents in some states.1
As the country reopens, your business and employees will face new risks on the road. There will be people who may not have driven in weeks. Many who’ve been driving have become accustomed to open roads and driving faster than the speed limit. When you also consider 94% of accidents are due to driver error, it’s essential to stay alert and practice defensive driving.2 These five tips can help keep you safe on the road as states reopen.
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5 Driving Tips to Keep You Safe as States Reopen

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Be Farsighted While Driving

  • Drivers in the city should be sure they can see at least one block ahead
  • Drivers in the country should be able to see the next mile, next hill or curve in the road
  • Always monitor traffic conditions and be able to take the best course of action

Keep Your Eyes Moving

  • Look for potential hazards and actions of other drivers
  • Check and obey road signs
  • Look twice for motorcycles, bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Never let a distraction or hazard occupy your attention while driving

Take In the Whole Picture

  • Watch for brake lights and be aware of cars unexpectedly slowing
  • When stopped, make sure you can see the tires of the car in front of you
  • Recognize vehicles approaching at high speeds or parked vehicles that could be hazards

Maintain an Adequate Space Cushion

  • Have at least three seconds between you and the car ahead, four seconds if you’re driving over 40 mph
  • Straight trucks should have at least four seconds between them and the car in front, five seconds if traveling over 40 mph, six seconds for larger trucks
  • Add one additional second for adverse weather conditions

Communicate Your Every Move

  • When turning or changing lanes, use turn signals to let drivers know your intentions
  • If you see a red light, use your brakes to communicate that you’re coming to a stop
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