SAFE DRIVING TIPS

Safe Driving Tips | ACDelco

 

BEFORE YOU START THE CAR

Buckle Up

The most important tip to keep your family safe while driving is to always use safety belts and proper child restraints. Children are safer when placed in the rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat, or safety belt – appropriate for size and age. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with an active air bag. For more information on child safety seats, see ACDelco’s Child Safety Tips

Adjust Your Seat Properly

Sitting upright enables your body to feel and sense what the vehicle is telling you.

Scan the Entire Environment

During normal driving conditions, make sure to scan for braking vehicles in front of you and approaching vehicles in your rearview mirror.

Both Hands on the Wheel

Always drive with both hands on the wheel. The best place for your hands are the 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock positions, which helps provide greater control when steering.
 

Lights On, Please

With your safety in mind, all new GM vehicles come equipped with daytime running lamps. To help with safe driving, turn on your lights in rainy or snowy weather to make sure that your headlamps, taillamps and other exterior lamps are on. Even if your visibility is good, other drivers will have a better view of your vehicle.

Let it Snow

Although snow is pretty to look at, don’t let snow stay piled up on your car or truck. Peaks of snow on the roof increase drag and decrease fuel efficiency. Plus, snow covering your vehicle’s windows – including the side and rear glass – can obstruct your view of other drivers. Also, don’t forget to brush the snow from your car or truck’s headlamps and taillamps to help you see and be seen.


 
WHILE YOU’RE DRIVING

Be Smooth

Keep your steering, acceleration and braking smooth to help keep the vehicle balanced.

Trail the Brakes

Trailing the brakes means to ease off the brake pedal slowly as you turn into a corner. It keeps the weight on your front steering tires, creating more traction for the turn.

Enjoy Driving Your Vehicle

Don’t overstep your limits or the road conditions.

Turn Your Wheels With the Skid

Taking this action may help you to regain control of your vehicle during a skid. If you have a skid situation, ease off the throttle to transfer weight back onto the front steering tires.

Elevate Your Vision

Things come at you fast when you look only at the vehicle in front of you. Try to look 10 to 15 vehicles ahead and you’ll find that everything comes at you more predictably.

Quick Maneuvering

If you need to veer suddenly to avoid hitting an object in your vehicle’s path, make sure you look in the direction you’re headed – before turning – to make sure the path is clear.

Cell Phones & Driving

The National Safety Council model estimates 23 percent of crashes (or 1.2 million crashes in 2009) involved talking or texting while driving.* Talking on a cell phone while driving makes you 4 times more likely to crash.

Be Careful on Curves

Drive at a reasonable speed when traveling around curves, which may mean you need to drive slower than the posted speed limit. Driving at a high speed around curves could cause you to lose control.

Impaired Driving

In 2012, alcohol was a factor in 31%** of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. Look for these signs to help you spot an impaired driver:

  • Stopping problems (too far, too short or too jerky)
  • Straddling a lane line
  • Swerving or drifting
  • Weaving across lane lines
  • Accelerating or decelerating for no apparent reason
  • Slow response to traffic signals
  • Turning with a wide radius
  • Driving without headlights at night
  • Varying speed
  • Stopping in a lane for no apparent reason
  • Failure to signal or signal inconsistent with action
  • Almost striking a vehicle or other object
  • Slow speed (10+ mph under the limit)
  • Driving in opposing lanes or wrong way on a one-way road
  • Following too closely

 

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