You May Know These, But Do You Remember Them?

Jim Luff
Posted on December 21, 2016

PEARL HARBOR (Aug. 24, 2010) Chiefs assigned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam participate in a sign-waving event along Lehua Avenue to raise awareness about driving safely and reducing speed in a school zone. The U.S. Navy joined forces with local residents and the Honolulu Police Department to communicate the importance of safe driving and the need to obey speed limits. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico/Released) Wikipedia Commons image content license here
PEARL HARBOR (Aug. 24, 2010) Chiefs assigned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam participate in a sign-waving event along Lehua Avenue to raise awareness about driving safely and reducing speed in a school zone. The U.S. Navy joined forces with local residents and the Honolulu Police Department to communicate the importance of safe driving and the need to obey speed limits. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico/Released) Wikipedia Commons image content license here
Driving always requires your full concentration. Driving means watching out for other motorists, dangerous weather conditions, the mechanical condition of your vehicle, and even wandering wildlife. A single mistake or moment of distraction could cause a death.

Here are some reminders to keep you safe:

  • Do not tailgate. Be patient. Maintain proper space with the vehicle in front of you. The more passengers you have, the longer it takes to brake and stop.
  • Signal early when approaching an intersection, giving other motorists ample warning of your intended direction.
  • With so many blind spots on long limos and buses, minimize lane changing. Check both side mirrors at least once every 10 seconds.
  • Use your flashers when driving below the posted speed limit such as climbing a steep hill. 
  • When pulled off to the side of a road, highway, or Interstate due to mechanical problems, always use flashers, reflective triangles, and even road flares to alert approaching drivers.
  • Always have tire chains at the ready this time of year, especially when driving in mountainous regions.
  • Try to maintain a full fuel tank. Top off whenever you don’t have passengers onboard if you are traveling a long-distance trip.
  • Maintain additional space with the vehicles in front of you when driving in rain or snow.
  • Operate below the posted speed limit when driving in wintery conditions.
  • Exercise caution when approaching bridges in wintertime. Bridges freeze faster than roads, creating difficult to detect black ice conditions.
  • Slow down in work zones. You could lose your commercial driver’s license if caught speeding in a posted work zone.
  • Strictly adhere to commercial driver hour restrictions. By law you cannot exceed 11 continuous hours of driving. You could jeopardize your commercial license if caught violating this law.

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