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Here's another excerpt from Julie Sussman, et al's (Dare To Repair Your Car) providing more tips for safety when your on Nevada's road or any road for that matter. For the best Nevada towing company, call us at (775) 629-4443 24/7!
Safety on the Road
According to NHTSA, about 13,000 Americans are killed in car accidents every year from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Here are some tips to get you safely to your destination.
The best driving tip we can give you is to go the speed limit. You may think you'll be losing time on the road, but in reality you're saving time and money If you drive the speed limit, you won't use as much fuel, which means you'll save money; you won't get a ticket, which means you'll be saving time and money; and you'll have more control of your car, which means that you will be less likely to get into a crash.
Cruise control is a feature in many cars that allows the driver to set and keep the car traveling at a constant speed. This is great if you're driving a long distance and have a tendency to drive a bit too quickly sometimes. To engage cruise control, follow the simple directions in the car owner's manual.
AAA recommends that you keep at least a 2-3-second following distance (we like using a few more seconds) behind the car you are following. This distance will allow you to safely make a quick stop with-out crashing into another car. On wet or snowy roads, leave additional room between you and other vehicles.
Unless your car comes equipped with daytime running lamps, keep your headlights on all the time. Any extra visibility that you can provide other drivers is always good. And don't worry about the battery dying if you have the headlights on all day – as long as the engine is running, the alternator is recharging the battery.
If you're driving a long distance, lake a break every 2 hours to avoid drowsiness. If you find yourself drifting off into sleep, find a hotel and get a good night's rest. And, of course, always wear your seat belt.
We've all seen vehicles being swept away by rushing water and wondered, "What was that driver thinking?" We can pretty much guess that the driver assumed that her heavy car could easily get across the road because there wasn't that much water. But what she didn't know is that it only takes 2 feet of water to sweep away any car. It doesn't seem like much, but rushing water is lethal.
The best thing to do is to never put yourself in that situation. Listen to the weather reports on the radio and TV, and don't travel during flash-flood warnings (which usually occur during the summer months). If you do get caught on a road that is under water, put a window down, unlock the doors, and turn off the engine. If the water is moving your car, do not try to swim to shore because the current is too strong and you won't make it. Instead, open your window and climb on top of your car. Wrap your legs around the pillar (frame between the front and back seats of the car), pull out a seat belt, and hold on."