Recognize and reduce distractions.
More than 90% of accidents are caused by some form of driver distraction. Accidents often happen at the instant someone stops paying attention. Checking your appearance in the rear-view mirror, reaching to answer your phone, trying to read directions, send a text message or even looking at another accident are just a few of the ways accidents occur. Multi-tasking while driving is not worth your life or anyone else's for that matter. If you need to make a phone call, have a snack, read directions, or send a text message, take an extra minute to do so with your car safely parked.
Drive within the posted speed limit.
Speed limits are in place for a reason - driving at safe speeds reduces accidents and saves lives. You should know the speed limits for your normal driving routes - to school, to work, and other places you frequently visit. Along with speed limits, it is important to factor in weather conditions. Driving the same speed as posted limits in pouring rain is not a good idea. Driving too fast reduces your reaction time. You may not be able to stop in time to avoid striking an object in the road, a young child, animal, or pedestrian. Make a conscious effort to drive within the posted speed limits at all times.
Know when you shouldn't drive (or get into the car with someone who shouldn't drive).
Never drive when you are impaired. Don't drive when you're drunk, excessively fatigued, or for any other reason unable to control your vehicle. The consequences of driving drunk - breaking the law, going to jail, paying a hefty fine, being killed or killing another person - are simply not worth the price of taking a taxi home or spending the night at a friend's house. Similarly, don't get into the car with a driver who should not be driving. As the saying goes, arrive alive. Don't drink and drive.
Always wear your seatbelt.
Seat belts don't prevent accidents, but they do prevent some injuries and they do save lives. There is no excuse for not taking a second to buckle up. People are ejected through windshields more often then you might think. Ejection always results in serious injury or more often, death. Seatbelts help keep you restrained in the vehicle upon collision and prevent injuries associated with being thrown through the windows during a collision or rollover. Safety advocates say that seat belts save 9,000 lives per year.