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Safe Driving Tips

Car accidents can happen at any time and to anyone, whether you're a new driver or have years of experience. Here are some reminders to keep you, your passengers and other drivers safe on the roads:

  • Always wear a seatbelt.
  • Avoid distracted driving. Many states now ban the use of hand-held cell phones and/or texting while driving.
  • Don't speed or drive carelessly.
  • Don't drink and drive. Make sure you have a designated driver.
  • Get plenty of rest before a long trip and stop for frequent breaks. Don't drive when you're tired.
  • Pay attention to road and weather conditions.

It's important to stay calm if you are involved in a car crash. Here are some tips to handle the situation effectively:

  • Contact emergency personnel. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately.
  • Exchange information with the other vehicle's owner and obtain contact information from passengers and witnesses.
  • Give the police your version of what happened. Always ask for the police officer's name, department and incident number.
  • Take photos and videos of the scene if it's safe to do so.