Goodyear has always had a firm commitment to the promotion of safe and responsible driving worldwide. These tips will help you find out more about road, tyre and general driving safety.
Be aware of your physical condition.
You need good vision and good hearing, and you must be alert and responsive. Never drive when:
- You have been drinking alcohol
- You have taken any prescription or over-the-counter medicine that can cause drowsiness
- You are under the influence of any drug that may affect your performance or perception
- You are very tired
- You are emotionally upset – this can cause you to become careless.
Intersections demand extra alertness.
Chronological age alone is not a good indicator of driving capacity. However, as a senior driver, you may notice that your reaction time, vision or hearing has declined. Be especially alert to the judgment of family, friends and others about your skills. You may want to take a refresher course, or share your driving obligations with another person. If you notice that driving is causing unacceptable stress or risk, you may want to seek alternatives. Make sure you have up-to-date information on public transportation and other services. Here are a few of the signs of diminished capacity for driving safely:
- Series of minor collisions or near misses.
- Wandering thoughts or inability to concentrate while driving.
- Inability to read ordinary road signs.
- Other drivers honk at you frequently.
- Being spoken to about your driving by police, family, and friends.
Become a good nighttime driver.
Night driving can be a pleasure if you are aware of the special alertness demanded by low visibility. A few fundamentals: Keep your headlights and tail lights on for the entire period between sunset and sunrise. Put your headlights on low-beam when another vehicle is within 200 metres, also when driving behind another vehicle. If your car breaks down at night, make sure other drivers can see your car and stop in time. Turn on the hazard warning lights. If possible, pull off the road. Avoid stopping just over a hill or just around a curve. Take good notice of roadside reflectors and any other helpful visual signals to stay on the road at night.
Going too slow can be hazardous, but whenever you find yourself in difficult conditions like fog, rain, snow or glare, reduce your speed. Don't rush or lose patience.
Routinely check your tires...
Always check your tyres before you hit the road. Make sure you do the following routine maintenance:
Keep your tyres properly inflated. The correct air pressure for your tyres is specified by the vehicle manufacturer and can be found on the vehicle door edge, door-post, and glove box door or fuel door. It is also listed in the owner's manual. The number listed on the side of the tyre is not the recommended air pressure for your tyre – it is the maximum air pressure for the tyre. You should check your tyre's air pressure at least once a month.
Don't drive while fatigued.
Stop at least every couple of hours or every hundred miles to rest.