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SUV Safety Tips That Can Save Your Life

If you have an SUV and you want your auto insurance premiums to stay the same, you should drive safely. Sport utility vehicle insurance rates are usually high, so keep these SUV safety tips in mind.

You should always drive safely, especially when the weather conditions are poor. SUVs require a greater braking distance than small automobiles, so be careful when you are driving on slippery roads. Make sure you do not tailgate other cars.

SUVs have a higher center of gravity than cars, so drivers can lose control when they suddenly make turns. If drivers do not have their four-wheel drives engaged, their SUVs can skid. Before you make a turn, make sure you press down on the brake earlier than if you were driving a car.

Some drivers believe that because they are in a big vehicle, they are safer, but this is not true. People that are too confident about their driving abilities are more likely to become involved in serious accidents.

Find out if you have anti-lock brakes. If you do, you should keep constant pressure on the pedals when you break. You should not pump the brake pedal.

You should always make sure you adjust your mirrors, so that you minimize blind spots. If someone else drives your vehicle, make sure you adjust the mirrors before you drive anywhere.

Pay attention and stay alert when you are driving your SUV. Don't talk on your mobile phone, send text messages, or eat when you are driving because you may get distracted.

Like cars, SUVs need maintenance regularly to ensure that they are running safely and smoothly. Make sure you get oil changes and check your tires and brakes often or ask a mechanic to check them. Replace or fix them when you need to.

Lastly, you should always wear your seatbelt when you are driving an SUV or any other kind of vehicle. Studies show that people that do not wear seatbelts are more likely to die in accidents. You can reduce your risk of dying from a crash by about 45 percent if you wear your seatbelt.