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Safety BeltsThe best way to protect yourself in a car crash is to use your seatbelt. It can save your life and prevent severe injuries. Oregon law requires that all drivers and passengers “buckle up” with a seatbelt or safety harness.AirbagsDriver and passenger airbags protect people in the front seat during a front-end crash. Side or “curtain” airbags give protection in side impact crashes. A driver should place the seat at least 10 inches away from the steering wheel to keep a safe distance from the airbag. This will help you avoid injury if it deploys. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has a publication called About Your Airbags with more details. Side MirrorsIt is important to have a good view of the front, side and back of the vehicle. Mirrors on both sides of the car help the driver make lane changes. Note: The Oregon Driver Manual has more information about required features.
Driving a motor home is like driving a car but involves harder driving conditions, such as:
It also involves special safety factors like:
Golf carts are a popular way for people to get around on and off the golf course, especially in gated or retirement communities. While these carts do not travel at high speeds, they can be dangerous.
When driving a golf cart, follow these simple rules:
Note: Someday you may no longer qualify for a driver license, but you could still qualify for a disability golf cart permit. This allows you to drive a golf cart or similar device on streets with a speed limit of 25 mph or less.
Other modes of transportation:
Power-assisted devices for mobility such as wheelchairs, scooters, and more recent innovations like the Segway™ Human Transporter, are all ways to assist with mobility. These devices make life easier for some people.
You should follow the rules of the road when using these devices on public roads, just as you would if riding a bicycle. This means going in the same direction as traffic, wearing reflective clothing at night, and making sure to use hand signals if turning. You may also use sidewalks and crosswalks.
To help you choose a vehicle to fit your needs, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the American Automobile Association put together a publication called Purchasing with Safety in Mind. It has safety features and rollover ratings for many vehicles.
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