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A standard visual inspection of your car is a simple measure that can be taken to spot improperly inflated tires, or leaking fluids.

Wear your seat belt. This is sort of a given, but many people neglect it. Make sure those who sit in the back seat are wearing their seat belts too.

Check your mirrors. Make sure they are positioned at the correct angles for you to have maximum rear visibility.

Always make a full stop at a stop sign.

Even if you have the right of way at a green light, check left and right to make sure the coast is clear before proceeding. There is always the random scenario where a person runs a red light.

Keep a constant eye out for anything. Check your rear view mirrors, your side mirrors, and straight ahead. Be aware of everything that is going on around you.

You are human. You will make mistakes. Other people are human too. They too will make mistakes. Be on the lookout for other people's mistakes.

When gassing up, check your oil and other fluids to make sure your car doesn't have grit in any of the tanks or leaking.

If your car stalls on the road, pull it to the side, and stay with your car. Do not leave your vehicle for any reason.

Drive very carefully when there is rain, and even more carefully when there is snow. Do not drive if the roads are icy.

Concentrate on the task at hand when you drive. No cell phones, no eating, no attempting to read at stop lights. Also try to keep conversation to a minimum.

Arrange it so that you never have to speed. In fact, it has been shown that speeding does not increase a person's likelihood of arriving on time. It does increase the chances of you being in an accident.

Remember that trucks and buses have large blind zones. If you cannot see the driver in a truck or bus, then they cannot see you.

The faster you go, the longer the distance it takes to brake. Doubling your speed quadruples your braking distance.

Carry all vital information with you in your vehicle, including emergency contact information, personal contact information and any important medical needs. Keep everything in an easy to find place.

Pull to the right shoulder and make a complete stop for emergency vehicles. Putting on your hazard lights will also help them see you better.

If you leave the house for a long road trip, be sure to leave your itinerary including where you plan on stopping with a friend or family member. Also leave your contact information. Try not to deviate from this plan.

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