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Fall is a busy time, back to school and football games, leaves changing and falling on roadways, darkness falls earlier and wildlife, particularly deer, are abundant. Fall poses some particular driving challenges. Here are a few Fall driving tips.


Be a Perfect Ten - Observe the ten responsibilities of driving:
  1. Be alert at all times while making a variety of maneuvers.
  2. Be adept at speeding up, slowing down, changing lanes, turning and stopping under varying conditions.
  3. Be aware of other motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, road signs, road hazards and road and weather conditions.
  4. Exercise good driving judgment at all times so that decisions are timely and sound.
  5. Pay attention to your body, don't take the wheel if you are tired or feeling sick and NEVER, EVER take the wheel if impaired by drugs, legal, illegal or over the counter, or alcohol.
  6. Manage your driving environment -- this includes your passengers -- to minimize unnecessary distractions and devote your full attention to the task at hand.
  7. Maintain the appropriate driving attitude -- don't be aggressive, emotionally distracted, or rushed when you take the wheel. The wrong attitude can be devastating.
  8. Maintain your vehicle. You wouldn't leave the house without brushing your teeth, that's personal hygiene. Adopt an attitude of good vehicle "hygiene" keep your car clean, fueled, and check things like tire inflation, light operation, fluid levels and investigate promptly any unusual sounds or warning signals -- it's your car's way of telling you something's unsafe.
  9. Practice defensive driving. Defensive driving simply means anticipating danger to avoid accidents.
  10. Make sure you and your passengers ALWAYS wear your seatbelts. Take a moment to check, it could save your lives.

SmartDriving Tips for Winter
  1. Be Prepared
    • Create an emergency kit – kitty litter (for traction), water, snacks, flares, a flashlight, a blanket, small shovel, charged cellular phone, ice scraper, first aid kit.
    • Keep your gas tank half full
    • Check windshield wipers, wiper fluid, anti-freeze
    • Be aware of the road and weather conditions
    • COMPLETELY clear your vehicle of snow and ice including roof, lights and license plate – you want to see and be seen.
  2. Timing is everything - Give yourself plenty of it when driving in adverse weather conditions. Remember to take it slow or don’t go!
  3. Don’t crowd the plow - Plows travel slowly and cannot always see you. Allow plenty of time when following them and a larger space cushion than usual so they can see you.
  4. Adjust to conditions
    • Both accelerating and stopping on snow and ice take extra time and extra distance – leave yourself plenty of both. Accelerate slowly and do not spin your wheels. Stop gradually to avoid skids. Sudden movements can create hazardous conditions. Take it easy with steering, braking and accelerating.
    • Be extra alert and look ahead father than usual. Remember, it takes extra time to make adjustments.
    • NO CRUISE CONTROL in ice or snow – your decisions may need to be made quickly, don’t let cruise control make a bad choice in adverse weather conditions.
    • Be alert to areas where black ice may form – overpasses, dark spots on the road, shady spots, on and off ramps, and intersections are all candidates for black ice.

10 Things People Don't Know About Teen Driving
Everyone knows drinking and driving is a primary cause of teen crashes and teen deaths. But many people don’t know:
  1. Sixteen-year-olds are three times more likely to die in a car crash than other drivers.
  2. Simple driver error is a factor in two-thirds of fatal teen crashes.
  3. Two-thirds of teen occupants killed in crashes are not wearing seat belts
  4. In 2005, 12 percent of high school males reported driving after drinking.
  5. Two or more teen passengers make fatal teen crash risk five times more likely.
  6. Two-thirds of teens who die in car crashes are passengers of teen drivers.
  7. Speeding is a factor in 40 percent of all teen driver fatalities.
  8. Being awake for 18 hours equals a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08, which is legally drunk.
  9. Inexperience combined with distractions is lethal.
  10. The distractions proven to kill teens: teen passengers and cell phones.

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