- Make sure your vehicle is in good working order, including sufficient fuel and fluid levels, adequate tire pressure, all lights are in working order, all the engine is free from defects. Even small problems that can be put off can cause major and expensive repairs later on, not to mention it may pose a safety risk to you and other motorists. Additionally, make sure you have appropriate tires for the season; summer touring tires will handle much worse than winter tires in snowy conditions, even on SUVs.
- Allow enough time to reach your destination. Speeding not only increases wear and tear on your vehicle, but it also heightens the risk of injury if you are involved in a motor vehicle crash. Make sure you plan ahead and give yourself an extra few minutes if you may run into traffic, especially if you drive during rush hour.
- Avoid distractions! While driving, your focus should be on the road. Avoid distractions such as using your cell phone, trying to retrieve items you dropped, are in the back seat, or buried in a bag, as well as any other activities that take any attention away from the roadway. If you must turn your attention away from the roadway, safely pull over and stop, ideally in a parking lot, to complete your task.
- Slow down during inclement weather. Rain, snow, fog, and ice can lower visibility, increase stopping distance dramatically, and cause the roadway to become much more slippery. Slow down during poor weather and leave extra space between you and any vehicles in front of you, no matter what type of vehicle you drive.
- Don't always count on GPS. While GPS makes finding your way much easier, sometimes GPS directions may not be correct. Whether due to new or closed roads, a detour due to construction, or a special event in town, always heed traffic signs and visuals in front of you over electronic instructions.
- Be aware of wildlife in the area. Animals can be unpredictable at times and may rush out into the roadway. Deer are a common sight and are most active during dawn and dusk and can dash across the road without any warning.