1. Ensure your car is regularly serviced and adheres to all car safety legislations in your state. Ask your mechanic to make sure your vehicle's tires are in good condition and the brakes are fully functional.
2. Check the tire pressure regularly and make sure there are no cracks on your vehicle's windscreen. These can quickly worsen while you drive and could result in the shattering of the windshield.
Check that the lights and indicators are in full working order and that the vehicle's oil and water are topped up before every long journey.
Wear your seat belt at all times and position the mirrors to allow you to clearly see what's happening behind you before you set off.
Pull over if you need to make a phone call. If you're having a conversation, even on a hand-free kit, it's easy to lose concentration and take your eye of the road.
Stick to the speed limit and always leave plenty of space between your vehicle and others on the road. You should always make sure you're at least 300 yards behind the vehicle in front of you, so as to give you enough space to stop in an emergency.
Avoid driving at night or in bad weather. If you have to drive in poor conditions, make sure your vehicle is properly prepared. Double-check your lights and use winter tires if it's snowing.
Take regular breaks if you're driving long distances. Tiredness and fatigue can kill. Try to stop for some refreshments at least every 100 miles, or every two hours.
Tips & Warnings
You should never drive if you have taken medication that may cause drowsiness or if you have consumed excessive amounts of alcohol or illicit drugs.