Tips to stay safe on the road


Driving is one of the most dangerous things you do every day. Driving safety is a responsibility, and one that can be taken very seriously. We’re going to give you some tips on how to stay safe while driving—and hope that they save your life or the lives of others on the road with you.

Buckle up

  • Buckle up every time you get into a vehicle, even if you’re just going around the block or from one room to another.
  • If you’re a passenger, make sure your driver is buckled up. In fact, if you’re in the front seat and can see that your backseat passenger isn’t wearing a seat belt — even if they’re smaller than you — it’s not unreasonable to ask them to put it on.
  • Seat belts save lives and reduce injuries. If they do their job correctly during an accident, they’ll keep drivers and passengers inside their vehicles until help arrives (instead of being thrown around like rag dolls). They don’t cost much money either — most insurance companies offer discounts for people who use them regularly.

Slow down in poor weather.

If you’re driving in poor weather conditions, like rain, sleet or snowfall, it’s important to slow down. Even though your car is equipped with antilock brakes and traction control systems that help maintain control of your vehicle at all times, these systems cannot prevent a loss of traction. Slowing down will give you more time to react if the road surface becomes slippery.

If you are approaching an overpass bridge or underpass tunnel where water can collect on the road surface after rainfall, be extra cautious as there may be black ice present. Black ice forms when melted water freezes onto existing pavement creating an invisible layer of ice that looks like normal pavement but can cause loss of control if not treated with extreme caution by drivers traveling at higher speeds!

Pull off the road if conditions become hazardous.

  • If you are driving in bad weather, pull off the road.
  • If you are driving in bad weather, pull off the road and wait for conditions to improve.
  • If you are driving in bad weather, pull off the road and wait for conditions to improve before continuing your journey

Keep an eye out for pedestrians and cyclists.

  • Keep an eye out for pedestrians and cyclists. Pedestrians and cyclists have the right of way in a crosswalk, so slow down and give them space when you see them approaching.
  • Make sure you check for cyclists or pedestrians before making any right turns on red lights.

Don’t drink and drive.

“Don’t drink and drive”

You’ve heard it before, but this is the most important thing you can do to keep yourself safe on the road: Don’t drink and drive. I know it’s easy to think that one beer won’t hurt, but even a small amount of alcohol can impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely. The NHTSA estimates that each year about 10% of all motor vehicle crashes involve alcohol use by drivers or their passengers (NHTSA). And according to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), “Drunk driving is involved in almost one-third (31%) of all traffic fatalities.” Moreover, drunk driving has been demonstrated by research studies from around the world to be a factor in more than half of fatal crashes involving young people between 15–20 years old (World Health Organization).

Drinking impairs vision, reaction times and awareness—all essential skills needed for safe driving. Research also shows that even low levels of alcohol consumption affect decision-making ability and judgment while operating a motor vehicle; as little as one drink can raise crash risk by up to 20%. Drinking alcohol along with other substances such as prescription or over-the-counter medications may increase impairment even further.*

Keep yourself alert behind the wheel through regular breaks during long drives so you don’t become tired or groggy while behind wheel.*

Put away distractions.

You can be sure the road will be busy, and you don’t want to end up in an accident with someone because they were distracted. If you have any distractions while driving, put them away so that you can focus on the road.

  • You should not text or talk on the phone while driving.
  • Don’t eat or drink while driving (it’s hard to keep one hand on the wheel if both are busy).
  • Makeup artists should also avoid putting makeup on clients while they’re behind the wheel—but clients should also know this and not ask for it!


I hope these tips help you to stay safe on the road. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry! And if you’re ever in an accident, remember that your life is worth much more than any material possessions. So don’t hesitate to call 911 even if the accident seems minor.

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