Safe Driving

When you’re behind the wheel of a car, driving safely should always be your top concern. It is crucial to know the basics of safe driving and practice them every time you’re on the road. Good drivers are alert, defensive drivers who keep their focus on the road and anticipate other drivers' moves.

  1. Distracted Driving
  2. Red Light Running
  3. Seat Belts
  4. Drive 25
  5. Good Driver Tips & Tricks

Distracted Driving -  Heads up Springfield!

Everybody knows that using a cell phone while driving is dangerous, yet distracted drivers are everywhere.  While inattention can take up many forms, text messaging is the most alarming distraction, because it requires visual, manual and cognitive attention.  Today we know that “multi-tasking “ is not possible when it comes to driving: Your brain either primarily focuses on the cell phone or the road and it can switch back and forth, but it physically can not do both at the same time.  Studies have shown that even communicating  hands-free leads to deteriorated driving skills, comparable with the performance of drunk drivers with a blood alcohol  concentration of 0.08%.

Current studies show that more than half of all crashes involve a cellphone.

Make Springfield a safer place and lead by example, put your phone down. Consider taking MoDOT's "Buckle Up - Phone Down" pledge. 

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Learn about traffic signals with the Flashing Yellow Arrow

Studies have shown that that the flashing yellow arrow better communicates that drivers have to yield to oncoming traffic than just a "green ball". Only the green arrow indicates a protected phase. However, drivers may still have to yield to pedestrians and bikes when turning! The yellow steady arrow indicates that red will be coming shortly and that the intersections must be cleared.