5 Safe Driving Tips

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The Original 1-800-Charity Cars has been providing free donated vehicles to struggling families across the United States since 1996. The ability to drive your own car gives people independence and a sense of freedom. Although driving gives people the freedom to come and go as needed, it also comes with great responsibility.

It is every driver’s responsibility to drive safely and make the roads a safe place for others. We offer you the following list of safe driving tips, so you can ensure that you are making every effort on your part to keep the roads safe.

Buckle up

Before turning your key in the ignition, make sure that all passengers in the car have buckled their seat belts. Set an example for your children by always buckling up and making sure that they are buckled up before moving your vehicle. Make sure that you always wear your seat belt, no matter how short your trip will be. Seat belts are a simple and easy way to help prevent serious injuries in many instances.

Put phones and other electronic devices out of reach

Many people on the roads are talking, texting, and/or playing on electronic devices. Keep devices out of reach to avoid this temptation. Put all devices in your glove compartment, back seat, or in your purse/bag. You can also simply mute them or place them in driving mode. For more tips, read Ways to Prevent Texting While Driving.

Keep it slow and distant

Always follow the speed limit. Going too fast can prevent you from making a safe and quick stop when needed. Speeding can also cause you to lose control of your vehicle. While driving, keep a generous distance between you and the car ahead of you. Following a car too closely can cause an accident if the person ahead of you is forced to slow down or stop suddenly.

Stay sober and well rested

When people say “stay sober” or “never drive under the influence”, they think of drugs and alcohol. It is important to understand that prescription and over-the-counter medications can impair your ability to drive too. Be cautious of whatever you ingest and any effects that it has on you. If you are not completely sober and alert, do not get behind the wheel. Being well rested is also important, since drivers suffering from fatigue cause many accidents on the road. If you are too tired to drive, you should not be on the road. If you get tired while driving, you need to exit the road and only return after you have rested. For more tips, read Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention.

Be alert and “hands-on” at all times

Always be sure to remain alert while you are driving. Keeping your eyes on the road at all times helps to prevent accidents. It is not only cell phones or electronic devices that distract drivers. Things like eating, applying makeup, and even interacting with passengers can take your attention away from the road. Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road at all times.

If you want to help give the freedom of driving to others in need, you can make a monetary donation or donate your car to 1-800-Charity Cars. We accept all types of vehicles throughout the entire United States, including Connecticut, California, and Illinois. Full fair-market tax deductions are possible. Fill out our quick online car donation form to donate your car. You can also visit www.800charitycars.orgto make a monetary donation through JustGive/PayPal or call 1-800-242-7489 to make a donation today.