Tips for Driving on Wet or Slippery Roads

Driving on Wet and Slippery Roads

Driving on wet roads is a different experience than dry roads. Some changes include a more slippery surface, reduced visibility, and even increased road hazards. To navigate wet or slippery roads, there are some small adjustments you can make to your driving technique. Here are seven tips for driving successfully on wet roads.

  1. Slow down. The first thing taught in driving school is that if visibility decreases or conditions become more dangerous, decrease your speed. When driving on wet roads or through slippery conditions, it is important to drive slower so you can better control your car. Driving slow decreases chances of hydroplaning and from hitting a slippery spot and being unable to stay in control. If you are driving with cruise control, be sure to turn it off.
  2. Know what to do when hydroplaning. Hydroplaning is when the car slides on top of standing water. Hydroplaning happens when a car is going to fast on a wet road and has bald or under-inflated tires. When this happens, you will feel like you are not in control of your car and is scary. The best way to handle hydroplaning is to stop pressing the gas, do not brake, and do not turn suddenly. If you can stay calm, you will feel when the tires hit the road again and you will be in control again.
  3. Get your tires checked. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have a good tread. To make sure they fall within the inflation guidelines, check the vehicle manufacturer recommendations on the vehicle’s door frame or in the owner’s manual. Be aware that the number listed on the side of the tire is not the recommended pressure, but the maximum air pressure.
  4. Turn on wipers and headlights. To help see better in these conditions, you should keep your wipers on. Make sure they are wiping most of your windshield clean with each stroke for best visibility. For headlights, they should be on so that you can see better, but also so other drivers can see you more easily too.
  5. Increase Following Distance. Decreasing your speed is important, but it is also important to allow the other drivers around you to have more space. If someone loses control of their car, having more space means they can have time to correct their car before hitting anyone or sliding off the road.
  6. Avoid large puddles. Puddles are tricky because you cannot see how deep they are or what is in them. The high winds of a storm can cause branches, sticks, and other sharp items onto the road and that can pop your tires. If these sharp items land in a puddle, you may not see them under the water. 
  7. In extreme flooding, stay out of deep water. Driving through deep water in extreme water conditions can damage your car. If you cannot tell how deep a river is or if a road is washed out, do not drive through that area. It can not only damage your car, but it can lead to your car getting stuck or washed away. This is a dangerous situation, so avoid driving through deep water.

While driving in wet and slippery conditions is not scary for everyone, it is important that you are extra cautious. It is easy to lose control of your car, which is a dangerous situation. Instead, change a few behaviors and keep yourself, and everyone else, on the road safe.

The Most Common Mistakes by New Drivers

Common mistakes new drivers make

Both adult and teen driving school programs teach drivers how to drive a vehicle on the road safely. They focus on the basics and teach how to navigate tough situations. While the basics are covered, they are also the items that most drivers go on to forget after driving classes are done. To help keep the roads safer, it is important to review these basics every few years. Here are some of the most common mistakes new drivers make on the road.

  • Not Making Adjustments First. When a driver first enters a vehicle, they should immediately fix the settings for their height and preference. Adjusting the seat is critical to reaching the pedals, gear shifts, and viewing the road. Mirrors should be adjusted to give the driver an optimal view around and behind the car. These adjustments should be made before pulling out of a parking spot or driveway, not while the driver is going down the road.
  • Driving Too Fast or Too Slow. It seems that new drivers are either driving too fast or too slow. It is important to not drive over the speed limit because it is too dangerous, but it is also dangerous to drive too slow. Without going too fast, drivers should keep up with the flow of traffic. Both extremes can cause problems, so be mindful of driving the right speed.
  • Following Too Close. No matter what speed you are going, it is important to leave enough distance between your car and the one in front of you. This way, if there is a need for a sudden stop like a blown tire, car crash, or something running in the road, you have enough time to stop without crashing into the car in front of you. While some people want to know how many feet they should leave, the current standard is leaving a three-second following distance between your cars. This standard allows you to adjust the distance based on speed for the most safety.
  • Not Using Turn Signals. Turn signals are used to alert drivers around you about what you are intending to do. This helps cars know when you are passing them, merging in front of them, or slowing down to make a turn. When other drivers know your intentions, they can adjust their speed and actions to avoid a crash. It is important to always use your turn signal, even if you are in a turning lane.
  • Driving Distracted. Since cell phones have become a widespread problem with drivers, it is covered in almost every driving school. Even though most people acknowledge they are a problem, drivers still admit that they use them behind the wheel. Distracted driving isn’t limited to cellphone use though. Passengers, eating, and picking something up off the ground are all forms of distracted driving. Remember to always keep your eyes and mind on the road to keep you and all the other drivers safe.

New drivers need a little extra guidance on driving safely, but they are not the only ones. Remember to review the basics and practice them. Getting too comfortable behind the wheel of a car can lead to lazy maneuvers and over-confidence on the road. Take time to commit to mastering the basics and helping new drivers master them too.

Navigating Top Driving Challenges

Swerve Driving School Navigating top driving challenges

Driving school will teach student drivers a myriad of skills. There are only so many situations you can prepare for before being in the situation and having to put those skills into practice. While driving teachers try to prepare students, there are still common driving challenges that require extra experience before feeling comfortable. Here are some of the most common challenges and how you can deal with them.

Bad Weather

One of the hardest driving situations is extreme weather. Driving in bad weather is always scary because of limited visibility and intense driving conditions. Whether you are driving through a blizzard, extreme hail or rain, fog, black ice, or dust storms. These types of situations all require the same driving tactics to keep you safe.

  • Reduce your speed. When major weather conditions hit, they all come with decreased visibility. When you cannot see as well, the best thing to do is drive slower. If conditions are too scary, pull off the road in a safe place.
  • Limit distractions. The most important time to stay focused on the road is when you can’t see as well and you’re feeling tense. Turn down the radio, ask your passengers to be quiet, and make sure you are keeping your eyes on the road.
  • Keep emergency supplies in the car. Having a blanket, some snacks, and water in the car so that if you ever need to pull off during extreme weather, you can be safe. Consider keeping an extra phone charger, tools, and a spare tire in your car too.

Drive Around Large Trucks

Large trucks on the road intimidate a lot of people. Truck drivers have a harder time merging because of their size, but they have bigger blind spots on both sides, the front, and the back of the truck. The best way to navigate around trailers is to avoid lingering in those blind spots. Be mindful and watching to see if they are attempting to merge and stay out of the way. Avoid trying to race past them or cut in front of them.

Heavy Traffic

Heavy traffic is common during rush hour and construction zones. These times are terribly inconvenient and usually happen when you are in a hurry. Remembering your basics during these times are important.

  • Use your blinker. Letting others know if you are trying to switch lanes or merge is important. Always use your blinker and proceed with caution.
  • Plan ahead. Do not wait to move across four lanes to exit until ¼ of a mile away from the exit. Start moving over when you know your exit is coming up.
  • Keep your distance. Even in slow traffic, you need to leave some room between your car and the one in front of you. If you are following too close when traffic starts moving, you need to have space for fast braking, if needed.
  • Obey all signs. Always obey road signs but pay extra attention to construction zone signs. These signs are often letting you know about new traffic patterns and changes to speed limits. Driving slower and more carefully will help keep everyone safe in construction zones, but it also prevents a traffic ticket, which are more expensive in construction zones.
  • Slow down. Try to remember that everyone is frustrated and impatient in these situations. Remember to slow down and remember that speeding and being impatient will not get you anywhere faster and the circumstances are beyond your control.

Aggressive Drivers

Avoid getting aggressive on the roads. Keep a level head and obey the driving laws. Do not race around drivers, engage in racing on the road, or slamming on brakes. Most people do not do things on purpose to make other drivers angry.

If an aggressive driver is pursuing you, ignore them. If they are relentlessly bothering you and putting you and others on the road in danger, it is important to call the police. Too often a situation will escalate and can turn dangerous. It is better to stay safe and call the police than end up with a physical confrontation.

Focus on the Road

In all these situations, there are basic driving skills every driver can fall back on in driving school. Even if you forget all the information you learned in class, remember to use your training. Do your best to remain calm and control the car. If you are remembering the basics, you can trust your instincts.

Tips for Improving Gas Mileage

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Part of owning and driving a car is paying for all the expenses that go along with it. There are some costs that have little variation, like a car payment or insurance. One of the most variable costs that a driver can control is the gas budget. Each vehicle has a specific gas mileage estimate that is given when it is manufactured that is influenced by other factors. If you are looking to improve the gas mileage in your car, consider making some of these changes.

  1. Accelerate Slowly. When the light turns green, are you the type of driver that slams on the gas? If yes, this will burn up a lot of gas over time. Instead, accelerate slowly to gradually use the gas and extend the life of the fuel in the car.
  2. Brake slowly. Pushing on the gas pedal and then needing to brake quickly burns up all the gas in the system without using it. Instead, do not push the gas pedal and let the vehicle slow down naturally as long as it is safe before braking.
  3. Keep tires properly inflated. Physics show that slack on the tire can slow the car down, giving it a bit of drag. When the tires are properly inflated, the surface area on the ground is optimal for driving and getting more roll. The amount of tread on the tire can also make a big difference since manufacturers try to give a good grip on the road while also allowing it to not slow down the vehicle.
  4. Use the right fuel. When manufacturers test drive vehicles and determine gas mileage, they use the most premium type of fuel for the car. If you still have the owner’s manual in the car, it should say what the recommended fuel type is for gas mileage and optimal performance.
  5. Avoid idling. One of the worst things for burning up gas is idling. Whether you are sitting in traffic not moving or just your driveway, try to limit the amount of time spent idling. This uses gas but does not contribute to miles driven, decreasing the amount of mileage you get from your tank of gas.
  6. Limit stopping and going. Choosing a route that has a lot of stop signs, intersections, tolls, or construction can mean you are stopping and starting a lot. This uses up more gas than if you were to find a route that allows you to keep driving once you are going, like a freeway. Use a little planning by looking ahead for the best routes or adjust the settings on your GPS unit.
  7. Use Cruise Control. Driving for long stretches of street can involve a lot of increasing and decreasing of speed. As mentioned before, the best way to increase mileage is to keep the car moving once it is rolling. Using the cruise control setting keeps the car moving at an optimum pace without the driver paying as much attention to speeding up and slowing down.

Being aware of small changes can help a driver pay more attention to their overall driving. Developing better driving habits helps improve driver safety and extend the life of the vehicle too. Using less gasoline is also great for the planet and the wallet. Getting better gas mileage might only save a few dollars at the pump, but over time, those savings add up to make a big difference. When a driver uses all these tips, they become a more responsible driver overall.

Using a Learner’s Permit to Prepare for Your Driver’s License

Learners Permit to Prepare for your Driver's License


Before you can get a driver’s license, new drivers are required to apply for and use a learner’s permit. This small piece of paper entitles a new driver to operate a vehicle with a licensed adult driver in the passenger seat. There are many advantages to this situation, but gaining experience is the most important. Using this time to prepare the best you can for a driver’s license is important.

Rules of a Learner’s Permit

New drivers must take a driver’s education course and pass a test on rules of the road. This will help prepare drivers before they ever get behind the wheel. This gives a great foundation, but the real learning takes place actually driving. Having supervised driving practice with a licensed adult helps to provide feedback and guidance in any given situation.

Most states require that a certain number of hours be driven during the daylight and nighttime hours. A record is kept and shown during the licensing process. This rule was made because it helps drivers get in a variety of experiences before they are driving alone.

Other rules that may apply to learning permits are the number of passengers in the car. Some also limit the number of peers in the car to help remove distractions and risk-taking behaviors. See your local laws for specific requirements on driving with a learner’s permit.

Practice, Practice, Practice

To help a driver feel confident, they need a lot of practice. While most new drivers prefer to stick to less busy roads and avoid heavy traffic, eventually they have to drive on the main roads. As a parent, guardian, or friend, it is important to help encourage the permit driver to learn to drive in heavy traffic. A great tactic is slowly increasing traffic levels for experience until driving on a freeway. Having a chance to learn these roads with an experienced driver is ideal for everyone on the road.

Even though most situations and laws are taught in a driver’s education classroom, they are not usually remembered until they are applied in real life. If you are the licensed driver in the car, be encouraging and remind about what should be done only when necessary. Making mistakes will happen, but this will help with the learning process. Your job is not only to teach, but also to build up their confidence.

Applying for a Driver’s License

Most states give ample amount of time to fulfill the required driving hours. Keep a record, if required, and bring it to get your license. Be sure to check the driver’s licensing division’s website for what paperwork is required. No one likes getting to their appointment and realizing they cannot get licensed because of forgetting something.

Once you have fulfilled all learning and testing requirements, enjoy getting a driver’s license. There are few things that provide as much freedom as driving. It is the threshold of adulthood and carries a lot of responsibility. With all the extra driving practice and new driver’s feeling experienced and confident, everyone is safer on the roads.

Staying Safe on Your Next Road Trip

Swerve Road Trip Safety

As the weather warms up, many people start planning road trips. There are so many things to do and see around the country and a road trip helps hit up a lot of things that are on the way to a final location. The best way to have a great trip is to be safe. Here are some basic safety tips to help you have a safe road trip no matter where you are going.

Prepare for Emergencies

The best way to avoid a vehicle emergency or break down is to have the car checked out before leaving. Prevention is a great place to start. There are some basic things you can check to give your vehicle the best chance to run well on the trip, including:

  • Oil and fluid levels
  • Belts, caps, hoses, and filters
  • All lights including headlights and blinkers
  • Tire pressure
  • Brakes

While preparing the basics, include other items that may be necessary on a road trip, like blankets, and everything to change a flat tire (including a spare tire). Keeping a little bit of money in cash, water bottles, and maybe even extra snacks are all good things to put in the trunk too.

Let Someone Know Your Plans

Arrange to have someone be your check-in contact. Give them a rough idea on the route you will be taking, stop you may take, and check in each night when arriving at the hotel. Service can be spotty on road trips because of long lengths of undeveloped road between cities. If something were to happen like a problem with the car or you get lost, you may not be able to call for help. Having someone who is expecting a check in call and knows your approximate location gives helpful information when looking for you.

Road trips are often known for unexpected detours and fun, random stops. Having a route mapped out doesn’t have to kill that feeling. You can still have a rough plan while adding in extra fun stops that come up. If something bad were to happen, the possible locations you could be would still be narrowed down.

Avoid Drowsy Driving

Being well rested is essential for a road trip. When the brain is tired, cognition and performance are impaired, much like being drunk. In 2017, drowsy driving claimed 795 lives. While many people will try to push through their fatigue, it is better to address it before it gets serious. Some ideas to avoid drowsy driving are:

  • Keep a caffeinated drink in the car. That way you have something if in between cities with no gas station around.
  • Talk to a passenger in the car to stay active and alert.
  • Roll down the window or blast some music. Having cold wind hit your face or music filling your ears can help provide cognitive stimulation.

If none of these strategies are working, switch drivers or pull off the road in a safe location to take a quick nap. Usually only 15 to 30 minutes is needed to get a good enough rest to get back on the road safely. This is important to keeping yourself and others on the road, even if it makes you reach your destination for the night a little bit later than planned.

Be Extra Vigilant

While roads are generally the same throughout the country, there are subtle changes to watch. Changing speed limits, different types of interchanges, and varying road hazards are all differences you may see on your trip. Not paying close enough attention to these small differences can lead to a car crash. While every driver should be paying attention to the road, it is especially important in a new and unknown area.

Small Steps Create Big Differences

Whether you are a new driver heading out on your first road trip or a road trip veteran, taking some simple steps for safety can help a lot. You can even brush up on your knowledge on our driving resources page. 

Everyone wants their road trip to be memorable because it was fun, not full of problems. While the preparations may seem like a pain, they will pay off in the end.

Managing Tech Safely While Driving

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Most car manufacturers are trying to make cars with more safety features for technology use. Drivers use all kinds of technology including GPS apps, music players, and making phone calls. There are many safety features built into cars now including lane drifting warnings, automatic braking systems, and even automatic parking. To help with technology use, other features have been built into cars too. Here are some ways you can be a responsible driver and manage technology better in a car.

  • Program before you go. One of the main reasons people like to use their phones while they are driving is because of the GPS capabilities. Trying to view a map, look at directions, or put in an address while driving is distracting. When a driver cannot focus on the road, they are putting themselves, their passengers, and others on the road at risk. Using technology responsibly means putting the address into the phone before going and then turning on audible directions so that you do not have to keep looking at your phone. If you need to do anything with your phone, pull completely off the road.
  • Use the features on the phone. Many phones have a “do not disturb” setting that can be used while driving. Some are automatic settings when in a car and others are turned on manually. Find how it works on your phone and it will prevent alerts from coming through. This keeps your focus on the road. Don’t worry though- people can still get through in an emergency. For some systems, calls can still come through if someone calls more than once or an alert is given that tells the caller to press a certain number to push the message through.
  • Use the features in the car. Another thing that cars have is the ability to sync your device to the car’s system. This helps you keep your hands off your device by allowing you to use voice controls. When a call comes through, pushing a button on the wheel can bring the call through the speakers so it is as if you are talking to a passenger. Voice controls also allow making calls and reading texts to you.
  • Recommit yourself to not text and drive. There are so many things that can distract a driver from focusing on the road. Even with all the safety features built into phones and cars, drivers are still choosing to text and drive. Even with all the driver’s education, campaigns, and reminders to not text and drive, people still do it. Recommit to not texting and driving.

People have become so accustomed to having technology assist them. Using technology to help combat the problems technology brings may seem ironic, but it is the best of both worlds. It helps everyone use their devices but in a way that keeps everyone on the road safer. However, there is no adaptation or technological advancement that can make people act responsibly. In the end, the best way to be responsible behind the wheel is to choose to focused.

The 5 Most Dangerous Highways in the United States

When it comes to safety, not all highways are driven equally. There are some highways in the country that are considered more dangerous than others. Value Penguin, a research and analysis organization, studied the data from crashes of country’s highways between 2010 and 2016 to determine the country’s most dangerous highways. Using the three factors of fatal crashes per vehicles miles traveled per capita, fatalities per crash, and the percentage of fatal non-vehicle crashes on each highway. Here are the top five most dangerous highways.

  1. US-93 Arizona. This highway covers a stretch of 200 miles that takes many drivers between Las Vegas and Phoenix. Between 2010 and 2016, there were 70 fatal crashes with 90 fatalities. While fatality numbers are not the highest out of all highways, they were the most significant when all the factors were considered. Most of these crashes happened on the section of road in Mohave County, Arizona.
  2. SR-9 Oklahoma. The SR-9 highway is a 348 mile stretch of road going east to west in central Oklahoma. It is the second longest highway in the state. During the time period, there were 50 fatal crashes with 60 fatalities. The highest number of accidents happened along the portion of road in Cleveland County, Oklahoma.
  3. US-160 Colorado. Many locals in Colorado know that Wolf Creek Pass is a dangerous, high mountain pass where many vehicles have crashed. The steep roads and many switchbacks are dangerous areas during much of the year. During the specified years, there were 99 fatalities in 80 fatal crashes. The most dangerous part of the road is the section that goes through La Plata County as a whole. 
  4. 1-5 California. California has many highways that run north to south and this one is nearly 800 miles, stretching from Oregon to the Mexican border. Even though it passes through many big cities, the most dangerous portion of the highway is through Los Angeles County, where traffic is heaviest. Between 2010 and 2016, there were 680 fatal crashes with 768 fatalities.
  5. I-10 Texas. Another highway that spans the length of a state, this one stretches from near New Mexico all the way to Texas-Louisiana border. It travels through several big cities, including El Paso, Houston, and San Antonio. With 585 fatal crashes with a total of 676 fatalities, the section with the highest fatalities is through Harris County.

Safe Driving Tips

The best way to stay safe on these highways and any highway is to stay vigilant. Pay attention to your surroundings by not being distracted. Remember all the basics from driving school; stay off your cellphone while driving and keep eating to a minimum while driving. Also keep alert by not driving drowsy or drinking and driving. Watch your speed and don’t engage in aggressive driving behaviors toward other drivers. And most importantly, make sure you and everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seatbelt.

If you are interested in learning more safe driver techniques, enroll in new driver training courses or take a review driving class. Keeping your driving skills sharp can make all the difference in staying safe on the roads. 

Drowsy Driving vs. Drunk Driving: Which is Deadlier?

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Not getting enough sleep is a common problem for the average American. Being overly tired leads to all kinds of health problems, but it also leads to major problems on the roads. According to 2018 data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, not getting enough sleep makes a driver four times more likely to crash than a driver who has slept from seven or more hours the night before. 

The Drunk Driving Equivalent

Since stopping drunk driving has been a point of interest and campaign for years, most drivers are aware of the dangers associated with it. While new drivers receive instruction on the dangers, the same level of attention hasn’t been applied to drowsy driving for the public. Most will acknowledge its danger, yet up to a third of those surveyed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety admitted to driving when they were dangerously tired in the last month.

The root of the drowsy driving problem is that people are too busy to spare time in their schedules to get enough rest. Looking at phones or screens right up until bedtime, trying to get too much done during the day, and not allocating enough time to sleep all contribute to drivers feeling overly tired. When starting on a long drive, drivers get relaxed and their body is finally not moving as much, leading to the body trying to get needed sleep.

When the body is overly tired, the reaction times slow down drastically, just like in a drunk person. Getting in the driver’s seat is extra dangerous in this condition. Plus, with being tired, sometimes the eyes will close for seconds or a person can nod off without meaning too, leaving the car uncontrolled. All it takes is a few seconds of being distracted or asleep for a serious crash to happen. Most responsible drivers would agree that it isn’t worth the risk.

Signs You’re Drowsy Driving

The biggest problem with driving drowsy is the same as driving drunk; drivers think they can push through and handle the situation. Most drivers who are overly tired think they can just push through the fatigue and get to their destination safely. Signs you are too tired to drive include:

  • Struggling to keep eyes open and focused
  • Frequent yawning
  • Drifting within the lane
  • Tailgating unintentionally
  • Feeling irritable and restless
  • Zoning out and missing signs or turns

If you notice that you are exhibiting these signs, it is time to pull off the road. Don’t try to push through it. Instead, wake yourself up by:

  • Parking in a safe place and walking or running around the car
  • Stopping and getting something to eat or drink, particularly something with caffeine if needed
  • Find a safe spot to take a quick nap

Taking a 20 to 30-minute nap might delay arriving at your destination, but it is worth the pause to make sure you get there safely. Since drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving, it is important to recognize your limitations. Do the responsible thing and take the necessary steps to keep everyone on the road safe.

Safer Parking: What You Probably Didn’t Know

Many drivers don’t give a second thought to parking, but it is an important part of being responsible.
While most people don’t consider it dangerous to park, there are risks to not parking correctly. The
National Safety Council shows that more than 50,000 crashes happen every year in parking lots and garages. This adds up to more than 60,000 injuries. So, what are the dangers involved in parking and what can you do to avoid them?

Common Parking Dangers

Parking lots and garages are areas where people drive slower. There are a lot of pedestrians, people pulling their vehicles out, and limited visibility. Unfortunately, it is also the time that people let their guard down because of the slower speeds. 

Some of the most common dangers include:

  • not looking for approaching drivers when pulling out of a spot
  • driving too fast
  • not watching for pedestrians
  • getting aggressive over parking spots

Another common, serious problem is being distracted. When surveyed by the National Safety Council, many drivers said they are comfortable using their phones in a parking lot. Here are the activities they said they do while driving in parking lots and garages:

  • Making phone calls (66%)
  • Programming a GPS (63%)
  • Texting (56%)
  • Using social media (52%)
  • Sending/receiving email (50%)
  • Taking pictures or watching videos (49%)

These are big distractions when not pulled into a parking spot. Distracted drivers are dangerous at any speed, in any location. Even if you are stopped and waiting in line, it is important to still pay attention to the road. Staying aware of surrounding, being mindful of other drivers and pedestrians is essential to keeping everyone safe.

How to Avoid Dangers

Knowing common problems in parking lots and garages can help each driver be more self-aware of their behaviors and habits. It is also helpful to know what other drivers are likely doing to be on guard. These safety tips are always taught in new driver training courses, but they are important to review:

  • Always look around for oncoming traffic
  • Slow down
  • Watch for pedestrians, especially for kids who are shorter and may run out between cars
  • Don’t fight over a parking spot. Parking a little farther away only takes a few extra seconds and can be good exercise.
  • Keep your phone put away until the car is in park
  • Don’t cut through parking lots or parking rows. Stay in the driving lanes.

Other good safety practices are parking in well-lit spots for added safety at night. Lock your valuables in your trunk, or at least make sure they are out of sight. Keep your car locked so it is harder to take items. Before getting in your car to leave, walk around your car. Inspect the ground for anything that may puncture your tire.

Parking safely also has a lot to do with situating a car in the stall correctly. Try to get the car in the middle so everyone in the vehicle can get in and out safely without hitting a vehicle on either side. Pull all the way into the stall (without crossing the line) so your vehicle isn’t sticking out into traffic creating a hazard or making it harder for people to see around.

As a responsible driver, it is important to always be safe. Don’t let yourself get comfortable in slow speeds or are about to park. Be committed to safe practices getting in the car until you leave it.