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Safe Driving Tips

Safe Driving is essential for all drivers on the road. St. Mary’s Ute & Truck Rentals offers the following safe driving tips, crucial for all drivers.

  • Focus on driving: Keep your full attention on driving at all times- no texting, no getting swept away by loud music, no turning to argue with children in the back seat, etc. Keep a safe speed for road and traffic conditions.
  • Drive defensively: At all times while driving, be alert to what other drivers on the road are doing, and always expect the unexpected. Don’t assume other drivers will drive responsibly, expect and be prepared for the unexpected. Follow the two second cushion rule between you and the vehicle in front of you. If the weather is bad, make it a four-second rule.
  • Plan ahead: Don’t be rushed while on the road. Save plenty of time in your trip schedule to take breaks, stop for food, pull off to the side of the road for phone calls, etc. Always have your seat, mirrors and climate controls adjusted before taking off on the road.
  • Practice safety: Be sure that all cargo, animals, etc. are properly secured prior to getting on the road. Have needed items within easy reach (toll fees & cards, garage passes, etc.). Be sure that you and all passengers are buckled up and that you are sober and drug free prior to getting behind the wheel.
  • Activities for the children: Be sure that you have plenty of activities that keep the children busy so you can concentrate on the road.
  • Pull over when you are tired: Never stay behind the wheel when you are tired as you are jeopardizing your personal safety, that of your passengers and other people on the road.
  • Use caution when changing lanes: Do not cut in front of another driver and change lanes without looking in your blind spot (and putting on your signal)

What To Do In Case You Are Involved in An Accident?

If involved in an accident:

  • Stay at the scene.
  • Call 911 or the local police immediately.
  • If on a busy highway, stay in the vehicle until authorities arrive.
  • Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver or drivers.
  • Call your insurance provider to report the accident.

Bad Weather Driving Tips

Bad weather can make being on the road difficult. Snow, freezing rain and slush all create hazardous driving conditions. To help eliminate the risk of driving in bad weather conditions take in the following precautions:

  • Buckle up. The driver and each passenger in the vehicle need to have their seat belt on while the vehicle is operational. For infants and toddlers, be sure that the vehicle is equipped with the right car seat for the children. Seat belts are one of the best defenses in case of a collision.
  • Be extra cautious in bad weather, especially in icy areas. These areas include bridges, shaded area, intersections and overpasses.
  • Regularly check weather reports online or on the radio so you are prepared for what’s ahead of you on the road. On extremely bad weather days, workplaces and schools can close, so remember these are days to avoid driving.
  • Be sure to have an emergency kit in the vehicle. The kit should include a first aid kit, jumper cables and blankets.
  • Be sure that all cell phones are fully charged and that the gasoline tank of the vehicle is full.

 

For more information on safe driving, or to book a truck or Ute hire, contact St. Mary’s Ute & Truck Rentals at 02 8039 6196.

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