Tips For Safe Driving in Winter Haven, FL From Your Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM Dealers

Safe driving never goes out of style. No matter the season, location, or road condition, there are a number of ways to stay safe. At Dodge Chrysler Jeep® of Winter Haven, we pride ourselves on building long-term relationships with our customers. We care about everyone who walks through our doors, and we want to make sure you and your family stays healthy and thrives. For that to be possible, we don't just sell cars and trucks like the popular RAM 1500 to our friends in the Plant City area, we also try to give advice on how they can stay free from danger on the road. Let's take a look at some of our favorite safe driving tips.


Tip #1: Stay off the Phone


We've all been cruising down the road and have seen someone texting or talking on a phone while driving. According to the National Safety Council, cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year, which accounts for an astounding one out of every four accidents. Taking your eyes off the road even for a split second can lead to disaster. Hands-free calling systems-like the Uconnect® available in 2016 Chrysler 200-can help but it still might be a good idea to wait until you come to a full stop before making any calls. If you need to text, you should pull off the road or wait until you arrive at your destination. This advice is especially important if you have kids because studies show that 11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving.


Tip #2: Don't Drive Tired


Modern life can leave even the most energetic person exhausted. Of course, we do understand that drivers who live in the Plant City area still have to get in their RAM trucks to get things done. Because of this, you might find yourself driving while tired. It may seem innocuous, but it is very dangerous. According to a study from AAA, sleep deprivation increases the risk of a sleep-related crash. The report claims that if you sleep less than five hours a night you increase your crash risk by four to five times. In some ways tired driving can be as bad as drinking and driving-it is that serious. 


Tip #3: Limit Distractions from Passengers


While the other tips are based on your behavior, this one takes a little more work. If you have kids, you know they don't always - or ever - stay still in the car. If you can, do your best to impress upon them that distracting a driver is extremely dangerous. The NHTSA says that distracted driving causes 10 percent of all fatal crashes.


While these are only a few of the many tips we give Jeep and Dodge vehicle buyers that come by our Winter Haven dealership, we hope that they will help keep you safe. To learn more about avoiding dangers on the road, please drop by Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Winter Haven and speak with our sales and service experts.

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