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It appears as if we are in for a pretty wet weekend, even a storm or two.  And with many of us on the road for ball games and holiday shopping, bad weather can just add to a the already hazardous conditions we face every time we get behind the wheel.  Being aware of these conditions and driving safely at all times is the best way to keep yourself and those around you safe on the road.  Here are some safe driving tips for you to follow in rain or shine:

• Do not talk on your cell phone while driving.
• Do not text and drive.
• Always turn on your headlights.
• Stay apprised on weather conditions.
• Obey the posted speed limit.
• Stay focused on the road and minimize distractions.
• Inexperienced drivers should keep passengers to a minimum.
• Keep your vehicle in good condition.
• Keep a safe distance behind other vehicles.
• Be alert for other drivers who are tailgating, signaling inconsistently, turning abruptly, swerving and speeding.
• Do not be an aggressive driver.
• Be aware of your surroundings and potentially dangerous situations.
• Never make assumptions about other drivers' intentions.
• Use your directional signals when you are going to turn, stop or change lanes.
• Always try to brake smoothly and gradually; do not slam on your brakes.
• Keep pace with the traffic around you.
• Be on the lookout for animals at dusk and dawn when they are most active.
• Always adjust your speed for conditions, even if those around you do not.

A Special Note About Texting and Driving:
Texting and driving is perhaps the most dangerous form of distracted driving.  Texting while driving places teens and adults alike - an others on the road with them - in serious danger.  In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver distraction causes 18% of all fatal auto crashes, and text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.  Parents of teen drivers need to provide clear, simple instructions that their teens are not to use their cell phones for calling or texting while driving.

For more information on safe driving and types of care insurance discounts that could apply to you and your family, give us a call at (580) 223-7300.


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