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Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of a Crash

-- Knowing the rules of the road -- and being aware of what's going on around you -- can go a long way in preventing car accidents.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions:

  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Don't look directly into the illuminated headlights of another car. Keep an eye on the yellow line in the road instead, until the car has passed.
  • Be constantly aware of potential hazards, including potholes, construction equipment, or stopped cars.
  • Pay careful attention to your car and those around you, especially while driving in bad weather.
  • Be careful driving on the highway, and look out for other drivers that quickly change lanes to exit the road.
  • Don't get emotional about other people's driving habits.
  • Never drive while tired.
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Posted: June 2008