Young woman in the new carNo matter if you live in a big city or small town, there are certain rules of the road that apply to everyone. People on the road are all trying to get from point A to point B in the fastest, safest way. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while on the road.

Follow Speed Limits: Not only is it too dangerous to speed but it is also dangerous to travel too slowly. If you speed, you put yourself and others at risk. Not only is it illegal, but traveling too fast can cause a car accident. Driving too slow can create problems for merging and for traffic. A speed limit is in place to help regulate the flow of a large amount of cars. Do your duty and obey the sign!

Avoid Distractions: Being distracted can easily happen in the car, especially with children, radio, cell phones, food, etc. The purpose of driving is exactly that… to drive! Save all the distractions for another time, do not risk your safety or getting a fine by driving distracted. Always keep your eye on the road.

Stay Off the Horn: The purpose of a horn is not to constantly use it. The horn is only supposed to be used to alert other cars in times of need. If you are sitting in traffic do not lay on your horn at the people in front of you. Honking is not going to speed up traffic, be patience and leave the beeping for real times of need.

Use Your Signal: Using your signal before you turn is extremely helpful to drivers behind you. The signal allows for the driver to slow down and to brake within a reasonable time. Turning without the use of a signal can result in a rear end collision or a serious case of road rage. In many states, it is illegal to change lanes without giving a signal.

Volume Control: There is nothing better than getting in your car and blasting your favorite music and singing at the top of your lungs, but there is a fine line between too loud and enjoyable. Other cars should not be able to feel their body and car shaking from your bass or music. Always keep your volume at an appropriate level so that does not affect other drivers or even your own hearing.

Left Lane= Passing Lane: Day after day we see people on the highway making this mistake. The only purpose of this lane is to move around cars going at a slower pace, and for the use of emergency vehicles. Avoid this lane unless you have to pass a slow car.

Next time you are on the road, abide by these helpful etiquette tips. Remember to drive safe!

If there is one place where courtesy is necessary, it is our streets and highways.  We tend to forget that the vehicles we drive can maim and kill if we do not use them responsibly.

Although traffic fatalities in the United States are on a decline, they still totaled over 7,500 in 2012.  The reasons for these accidents vary greatly, and there always exists some situations that are unavoidable.

But the one method of prevention we can all implement is to be aware of our surroundings, remain calm, and show courtesy to the many other people with whom we must share the road.

Using a vehicle to threaten others is not only rude, but unsafe.  If someone cuts you off in traffic and you decide to get revenge by tailgating them, you set yourself up for possibly an even more uncomfortable situation.

We never know what someone else may be dealing with when they get behind the wheel of a car.  Are they upset after having just been fired from a job?  Are they rushing a sick child to an emergency clinic?  And the one that always makes the news is when a woman gives birth in a car.

Even though we have our own issues, and reasons for traveling by vehicle, we need to be fully aware that everyone else does, too.

Let’s work together to make life on our roads and freeways more pleasant and manageable.  Have a heart, and show a little courtesy.