High Risk Driving Behaviors

  • Not wearing a safety belt
  • Not transporting young children in child safety seats
  • Carrying passengers in the cargo area of pick up trucks
  • Driving aggressively
  • Red light running
  • Turning left into oncoming traffic
  • Speeding or driving too fast for the conditions
  • Tailgating
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Passing in a no passing zone (curves, hills, double yellow lines, shoulders)

Don't be a "Tail Gator"

Rear-end collisions are frequently the result of people entering or exiting the freeway.  The best method of entering a freeway is to use your turn signal, increase your speed on the acceleration lane, and then enter flow.  Always keep at least one car length between you and the car in front of you for every 10 mph.  Protect yourself from being pushed into a car in front of you while stopped at a stop sign or signaled intersection?  Do not stop too close to the car in front of you.

Slow Down

Exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes.  The few seconds of minutes saved aren't worth the increased chance of getting into a crash or receiving a ticket.  Leave a few minutes early for your destination, and arrive alive.

Air Bags

For Children
put a rear-facing infant in the front seat of a vehicle with a front passenger air bag.
If older children must ride in the front seat, make sure they are always properly belted and the seat is moved back as far as possible.

For Adults
Always wear your safety belt.  Safety belts help keep you away from an airbag as is practical to operate the vehicle.

When an airbag deploys, you will see white powder that appears to be smoke.  This cornstarch-based talcum is harmless and quickly disappears.