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Feb 27, 2014 4:15AM
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Mainly, pull your head out, stop texting or talking on your cell phone and pay attention to what you're doing.  As always, the safety of your car is mainly dependent upon the nut holding the wheel.
Feb 26, 2014 5:06PM
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No ground breaking information here.
Feb 27, 2014 2:37AM
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Eye opening for sure.  Here's my advice.  Don't mess with your phone and stay far away from those that do while driving.  Stay away from semi's, junkers, and mini vans.
Feb 27, 2014 4:13AM
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Don't drive with your dog on your lap, or sitting in a basket in the front seat.  Or standing on the toolbox in the back of the truck. 
Don't drive when your kids are not buckled up.  Don't let little ones sit in the front seat (unless the backseat belts are not working, like in my older car).  Don't let them jump around and yell and stand up and throw things.  Make it clear that you cannot take your eyes off the road to look at something they want to show you, it can wait until you get home.  (My daughter gets so mad at me about that, but I very bluntly tell her why I can't look back at her).

Feb 27, 2014 4:24AM
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There is a saying in the auto business that the biggest safety failure is the loose nut behind the wheel so how about properly training the driver. 
Feb 27, 2014 7:09AM
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Don't forget the first order of business:  preflight check the car.
Just see all four corners,  see that the tires are not going flat,  that it's not leaking anything.  See that the gas door is not open,  the trunk and hood are closed,  get in and start it and listen for anything unusual,  look at the dash lights,  look at the gas level. 
Then buckle up and drive.  Leave your phone off.

Those are the easiest and most effective things any driver can do.

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Simple tips we all know but not bad to reinforce...

Read and follow the owners manual that most never look at... And assume that everybody else on the road is an idiot trying to crash into you.......

Feb 27, 2014 6:09AM
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Some people say where can I fill my tires all the time no one has air. Buy a pump for home for around fifty dollars. Get a twenty dollar one to keep in trunk  it will take eight min to fill a tire from flat but you can keep going
Feb 27, 2014 5:00AM
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Air pressure in tires is a good suggestion but where to you get air. Not at "service stations" those

things are bicycle pumps made for flowing up beach balls and your quarter runs out after each

tire. What a JOKE.  Then the attendant says our hose is gone cause they steal them and when

we do have it out there our electric bill goes up so we took it out.  So everyone drives

on flat tires.  Never had inflation problems until they came out with aluminum wheels they

contract during the winter and lose air, steel rims never did that.  Then the tire gauge is

never available "they steal them" so get your own and no jap junk, pay a little more and it will

last for ever unless they steal it.  I agree with others here stay away form semi's.  They use

cheap retreaded tires and the retread steel part comes off the tire, if one of those junk****

you or your car or your are seriously dented  for life or dead.  Also they pass and then pull

their trailer over to quickly and can run you off the road or worse.  I love the trucker who thinks

your going slow so they ram their front bumper up your rear end to get you to go faster.  Nice

little trick. 

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