America’s Road Team Safety Tips:
Prepare you vehicle for long distance travel – Check your tire pressure, wipers and fluids. Simple maintenance can prevent many of the problems that strand motorists on the side of the road before you leave your home.
Plan ahead – Before you get on a highway, know your exit by name and number, and watch the signs as you near the off-ramp. Drivers making unexpected lane changes to exit often cause accidents.
Pay Attention – Looking away for even two seconds doubles the chances of an accident
Allow a Safety Cushion – Look 1/4 mile ahead for a safe path. Leave yourself an out.
Slow Down – Chances of a crash nearly triples when driving faster than surrounding traffic.
Large Trucks Have Blindspots – If you can't see the truck driver in his or her mirrors, then the truck driver can’t see you.
Buckle Up – Safety belts are not a fashion statement – they save lives.
Be Careful Backing Up – One in four preventable collisions involve backing up. Be sure to look before backing up; walk around your car prior to departure.
Do not cut in front of large trucks – Remember that trucks are heavier and take longer to make a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of them.
Don’t Tailgate – Keep a safe following distance between you and the car ahead.