Safe driving techniques

Many of the most common driving mistakes are easy to avoid. Simply getting into these habits will make our roads safer for everyone.

  • Signal before you change lanes or make a turn.
  • Avoid two-lane turns; always turn into the lane closest to you, and then signal your turn into the next lane.
  • Always check your blind spot for cars when changing lanes, and for bikes or pedestrians when turning right. Remember that pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks.
  • Don’t follow too closely; when driving on a highway, leave a two-second gap between your car and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Don’t rush through yellow lights.
  • On multi-lane highways, only drive in the left-hand lane when you are passing someone.
  • Make a full stop at all stop signs.
  • If your car doesn’t have automatic running lights, remember to use your headlights from 30 minutes before sunset until 30 minutes after sunrise. Use high beams only when needed, and turn them down for oncoming traffic. Never use high beams during foggy weather; it reflects the light more and actually makes it harder for you and other drivers to see.