Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) September 5, 2009
CURE Auto Insurance celebrates Labor Day by reminding drivers to drive well and get home safe this holiday weekend with its top 10 driving safety tips.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the final weeks of summer before and during the Labor Day holiday weekend represents an extremely high-risk travel time. In 2008, impaired driving during those final summer weeks resulted in nearly 12,000 fatalities. CURE Auto Insurance offers the following driving tips to help ensure that workers and their families can safely celebrate the holiday weekend.
1. Never talk or text message on your hand held cell phone while driving. Cell phones detract from your ability to concentrate on the road and the use of the devices while driving is a primary offense in some states. If you need to use the phone, pull over to a safe, well-lit parking lot and make your call/place your text there.
2. If you start to feel yourself become drowsy, immediately pull off the road and stop at a safe place to take a nap. Wait at least 10 minutes after waking up to see how alert you are. If you don't feel any more alert, don't drive. Driving when you're drowsy reduces your ability to drive effectively and to think quickly. Reaction time is slower, awareness is decreased, and judgement is impaired. Often the actions of fatigued drivers are confused with drivers who had been drinking and the consequences can be just as fatal.
3. Always drive with your headlights on because a car is visible for nearly four times the distance with its headlights on even in the daylight.
4. When traveling behind vehicles, always leave a four second space between your car and the one in front of you. When traveling at night or in bad weather, this time should be doubled.
5. As your speed increases, so does your breaking distance. Each incremental increase in speed reduces your ability to react in time to hazards, because you may be covering distance in less time than it takes to react. Don't speed. The risks are not worth the gain.
6. Always keep your eyes moving and check your side and rear view mirrors every six to eight seconds.
7. Virtually all collisions involve inattention on the part of one or both drivers. Inattention can involve many things, some of which are daydreaming or distractions. Make a conscious decision to concentrate just on the road and avoid the temptation to eat, put on makeup, etc.
8. Designate a sober driver before you arrive at a holiday celebration. If you find yourself impaired and without a sober driver, call a taxi or use public transportation to get home safely. Never get behind the wheel if you have been drinking. Also don't rely on someone else who was drinking to drive you home.
9. If you suspect another driver is impaired, call local law enforcement officials immediately.
10. Always wear your seatbelt.
For more driving tips please visit http://www.drivewell.com or call 800-535-CURE.
Headquartered in Princeton, N.J., Citizens United Reciprocal Exchange, (CURE) is a not-for-profit reciprocal exchange. Founded in 1990 by New Jersey Insurance Commissioner James J. Sheeran and award-winning insurance expert, Dr. Lena Chang as answer to the insurance crisis in New Jersey, CURE continues to lead the way as the not-for-profit solution for responsible drivers and the "cure" for the continuously evolving auto insurance problems. CURE is currently available in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. More information can be found at http://www.drivewell.com or by calling 800-535-CURE.
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