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Road Safety Tips for Independence Day from Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Thursday, 02 July 2009 05:38

With the holiday weekend on the horizon, odds are the High Country will see an influx in motorists and tourists.  Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman has a few safety tips that should keep drivers out of trouble this weekend.


Sheriff Hagaman said drivers should constantly scan the road ahead and check mirrors to keep an eye on drivers behind you.


The sheriff also said, “When passing an automobile, always glance at the ground beside the front wheel of the car you intend to pass.  You will know instantly if the car is about to veer - giving you an extra few seconds to respond.”  Sheriff Hagaman also said it’s a good idea to pull out into the opposite lane of traffic when passing while you are still well behind the car in front.  He said this will give you time and space to build up speed to complete the pass and it will give you room to pull back if an oncoming vehicle is approaching.


Sheriff Hagaman also said make sure to use your turn signals and never to follow too closely to the vehicle in front of you.


Drivers should also aim high and look at points along the roadway well ahead of the hood of your vehicle.


Sheriff Hagaman said, “Lastly, I would remind all motorists to practice the Golden Rule when driving.  Be courteous and tolerant of other drivers.  Please don’t get angry with bad drivers or reckless ones – just get out of their way.  Let’s make this summer a safe one on the roads in Watauga County.”


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