When the car breaks down and you’re not paying attention, you may not be aware that you’re about to have a life-or-death conversation with your driver.
This is the scenario that played out on July 17, 2017, when a Ford F-150 lost control of its trailer and crashed into the side of a utility pole.
The driver was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
Here’s how you can avoid an accident at your next car dealership.
Don’t forget your glove compartment 3.
If you are wearing gloves, don’t let your fingers get wet.
Wear a helmet 5.
Avoid driving alone 6.
Don ‘t use your smartphone when talking to your driver 7.
Don’ t let your phone be the only phone in the car.
Take a long look in the mirror before you get in the vehicle 9.
If possible, bring your keys with you.
Don the seat belt buckle.
Keep your windows closed and don’t use your phone while driving.
Keep hands on the wheel for the first 10 minutes of the trip 13.
Drive with your hands in the air and keep your hands off the wheel until you reach the designated exit point.
Don \’t lean over to talk to your car 15.
Take off your seat belt.
Don t use your hand to hold your phone when talking with your car 17.
Never leave your phone unattended in the trunk 18.
Drive in the center lane only and don’ t stop to use the lane.
Don\’t drive with a passenger.
Never get in your vehicle until the lights are green and you have the green light.
Keep a backup phone or earpiece in your glove box.
If your car is involved in an accident, ask for your emergency contact information.
Keep any documents that may have been left behind at the scene.
Always wear a seat belt when driving with children.
Avoid parking on the side or curb of the street with children under 12.
Never park in the handicapped spaces.
Always have a plan to get home if you need to. 28.
Take the carpool lane when driving in the winter.
Keep the windows down at all times and don \’t use a cell phone while talking to the driver.
Avoid wearing gloves when driving to a church or other place of worship.
Keep pets on a leash when you are out of the car or at a shelter.
Drive slowly and only drive as close as practicable to the center of the road.
Don\t put your car into gear when you arrive at the emergency vehicle or stop the car on the shoulder.
Drive at a safe speed, and if you encounter a pedestrian, please stay on the sidewalk.
If there is a need for assistance, call 911 and then proceed to the nearest emergency vehicle.
Never drive through an intersection or in a crosswalk without being prepared to stop for a traffic light.
Don”t stop to talk with your drivers license if you are being ticketed or cited.
Don\”t use cell phones while talking with the driver unless your phone is already in your pocket.
Keep hand sanitizers, mouthwash and other hand hygiene products close at hand.
Never put your hands on your lap when you talk with the car, even if you don”t have to. 41.
Don`t use ear buds while driving and always use headphones in the rearview mirror.
Never wear ear plugs while driving or in the backseat.
Always carry an emergency kit with you at all time, including a flashlight, a radio, a compass, a cell charger, a water bottle, a pair of gloves, a whistle, a flint knife, a first aid kit, an emergency whistle, and a cellphone.
Don�t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Do not drive if you have a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or more.
Do NOT drink alcohol while driving unless you have been issued a special driver’s license.
Never drink alcohol in a vehicle with children, pets, or other people who are less than 16 years old.
Never use cellphones while driving, or in or near vehicles or other public places, except for emergency situations.
Keep cellphones out of your pocket unless you are in the passenger seat or if your driver has approved you to use them.
Never give a cellphone to a child younger than 16 unless you know that the child will use it for illegal activity.
Always lock the doors and windows of your car or in your garage.
Never take your vehicle into a parking garage.
Never operate your vehicle while intoxicated.
Never let children play in your car, on the grass or on the road, or on a lawn or