Getting behind the wheel of a car is an amazing thing that we often take for granted. Every day, most of us rely on a motor vehicle to get us where we need to be. Whether you’re heading to work, school, the grocery store, or and evening out on the town, our vehicles are a very important part of our daily lives.

However, when you’re driving – whether alone or with passengers – driving safely should always be your main concern. Our society is more distracted than ever, so it’s important to hit the brakes and review the basics of safe driving every now and then.

Take a moment to give yourself a quick refresher course on some basic safe driving tips you should practice every time you sit in the driver’s seat:

WHEN YOU ARE DRIVING, FOCUS ON DRIVING

Ignore your phone or any other electronic device while driving — even at a red light!

Keep 100% of your attention on driving at all times – no multi-tasking, eating, putting on makeup, or anything else.

If your phone is too tempting, turn it off before you start your car or place it on silent and store it in your glove box until you reach your destination.

SLOW DOWN

Plan your trips with a little extra time for travel so you don’t feel rushed to get to your destination.

Speeding gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident.

Speeding has been a factor in approximately 1/3 of all motor vehicle fatalities over the past 20 years.

BUCKLE UP

Properly wearing your seat belt is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.

Seat belts and air bags are designed to work together for your safety, not to replace one another.

Before you start moving, make sure you and your passengers are properly buckled up on every trip, every time.

Buckling up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle. By not wearing a seat belt, you could be totally ejected from the vehicle in a crash, which is almost always deadly.

ALWAYS CHOOSE A SOBER DRIVER

If you have been drinking, do not drive for ANY reason! Call a taxi or ride sharing service like Uber/Lyft, phone a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

On average, nearly 30 people in the U.S. die each day as a result of alcohol-related crashes — that’s one every 48 minutes!

ONLINE RESOURCES

If you need more information on the importance of driving safely, please check out these helpful online resources.