* It's important to get the big picture and be familiar with your surroundings at all times.
* Aim high in your steering by looking out and farther ahead -you want your eyes to lead your wheels, not your wheels to lead your eyes.
* Be prepared for unpredictables, like bicycles and pedestrians, by maintaining constant eye movement.
* Communication is critical in any driving environment. A tap of the horn and proper use of signals prevents surprises by letting other drivers know your intentions.
Driving safely year-round is the responsibility of all drivers and smarter drivers equal safer roadways.
Debra Phillips is managing director of communications for FedEx Freight.