Safe driving tips

Vehicle check-up
Adjust your mirrors to provide a full visibility from inside the vehicle.
Check your brakes, lights, indicators and tyres on daily basis.
Once a month check your tyre pressure, oil, windshield washer fluid, and safety accessories (vest, triangle).

Proper positioning behind the wheel
Have your shoulders pressed against the back of the seat at all times.
Have your legs bent in the knees at all times.
Have your hands on the wheel in the “quarter to three” position.

Fasten your seatbelt
If you do not fasten your seatbelt, an accident could be fatal already at speeds between 15 and 25 kph. The use of seatbelts reduces mortality in traffic accidents by 50%.

Don’t drive when tired
Driving when tired is the same as driving when drunk. When driving, take a break every two hours.

Keep a safe following distance
Avoid tailgating. If you don’t keep a sufficient following distance, you limit your viewing angles and risk a collision with the vehicle in front of you in case of sudden braking.
If you’re driving at 60kph, the following distance should be 30m.
Watch the side distance from vehicles around you.

Respect the speed limit
Vehicle speed is the key factor that affects not only proper and safe movement of a vehicle, but also the causes and consequences of traffic accidents.
Doubling the speed quadruples the braking distance.

Make your intentions clear to other drivers
Use turn signals to warn other drivers when changing your direction.
Use stop lamps to indicate you are about to slow down or stop.
In emergency stopping push the brake pedal all the way down.

City driving
Be focused at all times. Keep checking your outside mirrors. Keep account of what is going on in nearby lanes (possible arrival of motorcycles, sudden lane changes etc.).
Do not change lanes often.
Keep special attention to bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians.
Driving under stress is a hazard. If you’re under stress, try to calm down, lower your window, take deep and regular breaths, count backwards from 10.

Motorway driving
Keep a safe following distance at all times. Be aware of the traffic in front of and behind you.
Adjust your driving to the road conditions. Take extra caution on viaducts, bridges and overpasses as they can get frozen in cold weather.
In case of side wind, follow the speed limit, but be extra cautious.
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