• Reutimann knows how important seat belts are for racing, but they are also key to saving lives while on the streets-so always wear your seat belt.
• Replace windshield wipers that leave streaks or don't clear the glass with a single swipe.
• Check and adjust tire pressure to the vehicle manufacturer's recommended settings and don't forget the spare.
• Limit any load on top of your vehicle to a maximum of 18'' high and no more than 100 pounds
• Always drive with your headlights on; a car is visible for nearly four times the distance with its headlights on, even during daytime hours.
• When a light turns green, look left, then right, straight ahead, then left again before proceeding through the light. Notice all vehicles to be sure that no one is going to run the light.
• Keep your eyes moving. Notice what is happening on the sides of the road and check behind you through your mirrors every six to eight seconds.
• Expect the other drivers to make mistakes-think what you would do if a mistake does happen. For example, do not assume that a vehicle coming to a stop sign is going to stop.
• Every time you refuel, check your oil and other fluid levels. Look for noticeable leaks throughout the engine compartment.
• Don't talk on a cell phone while driving. Phones detract from your ability to concentrate on the road and increase your chance of a collision. If you must use the phone, pull over to a safe, well-lit parking lot and place your call there. After completing your call, you may continue on your way.
• Remember, as your speed increases, so does your braking distance. If you double your speed, you quadruple your braking distance. If you double the weight of your vehicle, you double the stopping distance.
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When traveling on a multiple-lane road, keep in mind that the leftmost lanes are for passing only.