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7 Habits for Safer Drivers

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7 Habits for Safer Drivers

Here are seven simple tips to keep in the back of your mind to protect yourself — and others — on the road.

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Nothing's worse than those flashing red lights in your rearview mirror. Follow these six tips to help you steer clear of trouble whether you're on the wide-open road or crowded city streets. 

Obey the rules of the road.

Easy to understand, but not always easy to do. Pay attention to traffic signs and speed limits and be aware of conditions around you (weather, bike lanes, etc).

Keep your car current and in good working order.

Make sure your registration, license plates and inspection stickers are current. And don't stand out with cracked windshields or broken taillights, which can also land you a ticket.

Don't text while driving.

No message is that important to jeopardize safety on the road. If communication can't wait, pull over.

Stay out of the fast lane.

Drivers in the fast lane tend to be ticketed more. Also, pay attention to how traffic is moving around you. If everyone is slowing down, there may be a cop ahead.

Keep a clear head.

In most states, if you are caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will be arrested and likely have your license suspended.

Be calm and courteous to the officer who has stopped you.

The officer may be willing to let you go with a warning if you are polite, respectful and your record is clean.

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