For starters, one of the primary aspects of driving is to know your car and its features.

Is it front, rear or all wheel drive? Is it light and responsive or front heavy and a bit sluggish?

When was the last time you had your tire pressures checked... important for safety, economy and performance.

Does your car have ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and do you know that you shouldn't pump ABS brakes in an emergency stop?

Are your seat and mirrors adjusted for maximum driver effectiveness? Adjust your seat so your wrist sits on top of the steering wheel and adjust your side mirrors a bit farther out to eliminate blind spots.

And be familiar with your car's instrument panel and interior controls so you don't have to take your eyes off the road to adjust them. There's a wealth of information in your car's manual that you can tap into.

These are all things that will make your driving experience safer and more effective.

Now, for your tip.

Drive your car to match your surroundings. If it just started raining for the first time in a long time, the road is likely to be more slippery from the oil that's accumulated on the surface so adjust accordingly.

If you have a question or a suggestion for future Sharp's Driving Tips, please send it along to Bob in care of the Sherman Traffic Safety Work Group at