The Car, The Road, and You

The Car, The Road, and You

This pamphlet is about safe driving. It's written on the premise you're a good driver. Its purpose is to help make you an even safer driver.

Driving experts say there is very little that's accidental about a highway crash, death or injury. Each is caused by factors -- either the car, the road, the driver or a combination of the three -- we can influence.

Before you buy
  • Cars vary in performance, so before you buy consider:
  • Safety records. Check published listings of how auto occupants fare in crashes. (Your insurance agent may be able to get you one.)
  • Safety features such as air bags, which inflate to protect you in a crash. (New cars are equipped with at least driver's side air bags which supplement seat belts. Always buckle up your seat belts.)
  • Condition of used cars. Are they roadworthy? Does safety equipment, including belts, work? Have their safety recalls been heeded?
Maintaining your car
  • Have vehicle properly maintained by periodically checking:
  • Cooling system, especially hoses
  • Brakes and fluid
  • Belts
  • Tires, including spare
  • Lights and turn signals
  • Wiper blades and washer fluid
  • Engine and transmission fluids
If you buy a new car, carefully read the owner's manual, a good source of information on maintenance and safe operation.

Emergency equipment
Consider carrying a flashlight, flares and a fire extinguisher in your vehicle.

The Road
and YOU