An inspection may prevent trip delays and needless repairs and additional expense while on leave.

Before you drive have a clear head.

Make sure you always have a clear head before deciding to operate a motor vehicle. Alcohol and certain drugs, both illegal and legal, can severely impair your driving skills. Many prescription and over-the-counter medications can cause dangerous drowsiness. Get a good nightís rest and donít drive for long stretches without a break.

Limit driving alone when tired.

Driving with someone else in your vehicle can increase your overall alertness and your chances of a crash are dramatically decreased.

Read the labels.

If you are taking any medications, be sure to read and obey the warning labels. If the label says the medication causes drowsiness or not to drive ó heed the warning and donít drive. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or to ask about medications for your condition that donít cause drowsiness.

Plan ahead.

Allow plenty of extra time to reach your destination and allow for emergencies or traffic jams. Cut down on the incidences of road rage, such as excessive speeding and tailgating.

Research safety features.

Safety should always be a top priority when shopping for a vehicle. Research the safety performance of any vehicle you are considering buying.

When buying a used vehicle, look for one with air bags.

While in the driverís seat

Ė avoid aggressive driving by relaxing and having patience. By not being in such a rush to reach your destination you will be a calmer person and wonít need to speed and run red lights.

Be alert to signs of fatigue.

If you start to feel tired when driving, pull over in a safe area and let someone else drive, get out of the car and walk around for a few minutes, or take a short nap. When traveling on long trips, eat light. Heavy meals can make you drowsy.

Practice common sense safety rules.

Always wear your safety belt and make sure all your passengers are buckled properly, even on short trips. If traveling with children, educate yourself on the many kinds of child safety seats and restraints.

Keep your eyes on the road.

Before setting out on a drive, be sure that important items are within easy reach, i.e. directions and maps, sunglasses, etc. Always pull over to a safe place to use your cellular telephone.