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The most important tip to keep your family safe while driving is to always use safety belts and proper child restraints. Children are safer when they're in the rear seat in an infant, child, booster seat, or safety belt that's appropriate for their size and age. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with an active air bag.
Always drive with both hands on the wheel. The best place for your hands are the nine and three o'clock positions, because that helps provide the greatest control when steering.
With your safety in mind, most newer vehicles come equipped with daytime running lights. To help with safe driving, turn on your lights in rainy or snowy weather to make sure your head lights, tail lights, and other exterior lights are on. Even if your own visibility is good, other drivers will have a better view of your vehicle if all your exterior lights are on.
Snow is pretty to look at, but don't let it stay piled up on your vehicle. Peaks of snow on the roof increase drag and decrease gas mileage. And snow covering your vehicle's windows, including the side and rear glass, can obstruct your view of other drivers. Also, don't forget to brush the snow from your vehicle's head lights, tail lights, and outside mirrors.
If you need to veer suddenly to avoid hitting an object in your vehicle's path—before turning, look in the direction you're headed to make sure the path is clear.
Alcohol is a factor in nearly 40% of all traffic fatalities in the United States. These visual signs may help you spot an impaired driver: