1. Before you start the engine, make sure you and all adults are wearing lap and shoulder belts, and all children are properly placed in child safety seats.

  2. Before you start the engine, also check to be sure your seat and mirrors are properly adjusted.

  3. Always drive with your headlights on, even in daylight - this makes your car much more visible.

  4. Don’t talk on the cellphone while driving - talking on a handheld cellphone increases the risk of a crash by over 400%. Even talking on a hands-free cellphone increases the risk of a crash by over 300%.

  5. Don’t eat, read, or do other distracting things while driving. You could be pulled over and cited, and could seriously hurt yourself or someone else.

  6. Don’t drive when you’re intoxicated on anything - intoxicated drivers kill over 20,000 Americans per year. You could be cited for DUI if you drive when affected by alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, or even over-the-counter drugs such as cold medicine.

  7. Don’t drive when you’re tired.

  8. Don’t allow other drivers to provoke you into unsafe driving.

  9. Drive with your doors locked, and with windows up within 2 inches of the top, especially at night or in unsafe areas.

  10. Keep a safe following distance from traffic in front of you - even if the vehicle in front of you slams on the brakes, you are at fault if you hit it.

  11. Maintain your vehicle as recommended by the manufacturer.

  12. If you get in an accident, call Jeff Herman at 425-361-1273 for a free consultation.