July 4th travel safety tips from the Craven County Sheriff’s Office

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NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT)

As we get closer to the July 4th travel weekend, Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes wants to remind all drivers of some vital safety tips to make your traveling safe and enjoyable.

Always shift your attention every few seconds, constantly scanning the road ahead and behind you. Never blankly stare ahead nor fix your gaze on one point on the road.

When passing an automobile, always glance at the ground beside the front wheel of the car you intend to pass. You will know instantly if the car is about to veer – giving you an extra few seconds to respond.

You should pull out into the opposite lane of traffic when passing while you are still well behind the car in front. This should give you some time and space to build up speed and will enable you to pull back into your own lane should the need arise.

Never cut abruptly out of your lane into the opposite lane when passing.

Always signal your intentions with your brake lights, turn signals, horn and/or headlights so that other drivers will see you well before you change course.

Drivers should always “aim high” in steering.  That is, you should glance frequently at points well ahead of you.  Not only will this help your steering, but it will also help you check the position of vehicles in front of you as well as on-coming ones.

Never follow too close. Remember that, as your speed increases, it takes you substantially longer to stop.  Also remember that it’s good to have an extra cushion of space in front of you if you’re being tail-gated, on a slippery road, or in low visibility conditions.

Practice the Golden Rule when driving: Be courteous and tolerant of other drivers. Don’t get angry with bad drivers or reckless ones – just get out of their way so you can stay safe.

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