Here at International AutoSource, we believe safety is critical. When relocating to a new country, we realize you will be driving on unfamiliar roads. You might even have to adjust to driving on a different side of the road than you are accustom to. Safety is always important when operating a vehicle, but it is especially important to be aware of safe driving practices when you are in a new country. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind when you get behind the wheel in the United States.
- Drive slowly in bad weather conditions. For example: fog, ice, rain or snow.
- Never get behind the wheel if you have been drinking.
- Do not text and drive. Make sure to use Bluetooth or speakerphone for any phone calls.
- At crosswalks always stop so pedestrians can cross. They always have the right of way.
- Do not pass a school bus when its red lights are flashing. Wait until the lights are turned off.
- If an emergency vehicle is nearby and has its lights on pull over and let it pass. This includes police vehicles, fire trucks or ambulances.
- Get familiar with all traffic laws in your new state and be sure to obey them.
- When preparing to turn left or right turn your turn signal on so others are aware of the direction you are going.
- Do not cross into lanes separated by lines that are solid.
- Use proper seat belts and car safety seats for children.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Before driving make sure you have your driver’s license, registration, and insurance card with you.
- Drive on the right-hand side of the road.
- Obey the rules of the HOV lane, which is located on the far left side of U.S. freeways.
- Always turn headlights on in bad weather and after sunset.
It is essential to not only be aware of what you are doing on the road but also what others are doing on the road. Obey the laws and make sure to know the road conditions. Buckle up and drive safe!