If you feel you might strike another vehicle, animal, or debris on the highway, brake first. If you try to swerve you run the risk of losing control of your own vehicle. Don't "pump" anti-lock brakes. Instead, press the brake pedal as hard as you can until you stop.
The statistics are mounting, the common sense was always there. Driving and cellphones don't mix. Stay alert. Keep your mind on the road. If you must use your cellphone, pull over. And never, never, never, text and drive.
Before a long trip, be sure to get plenty of rest the night before. Tiredness slows reaction time and impairs judgment. On long trips, take a break every two hours or so in order to refresh. Don’t think sleep fatigue is a problem for you? Take our sleep quiz to find out.
Be aware of your surroundings, allow ample braking distance, use your turn signals, check your mirrors, slow down in rain, turn your lights on, obey signs and speed limits, come to complete stops, and of course ... watch out for the other guy.