To wrap up National Safety Month, the National Safety Council (NSC) focuses on safe driving as this week’s topic. Driving safe is one of the most impactful changes we can make. Even if you don’t drive, you can stay safe in the car.
One of the most significant changes we can make is wearing a seatbelt. In 2016, 48 percent of vehicle occupants killed on the road were unbelted, according to injuryfacts.nsc.org. Just by wearing a seatbelt we can prevent some fatalities and injuries in car accidents. In 2011, seat belts saved an estimated 11,949 lives, and 3,384 more people would have lived if everyone wore their belts according to a report in 2011 by www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov.
Safe driving is integral for our personal and professional lives. A lot of people classify themselves as "safe drivers.’ But according to the NSC "up to 94 percent of motor vehicle crashes involve human error.” Here are some tips for staying safe while driving, according to NSC Follow these tips to help stay safe on the roads.
Avoid Dangerous Driving Behaviors
Prevent injuries on the road by keeping your focus on the driving task:
Avoid impaired driving, whether by alcohol, lack of sleep or drugs, including over the counter and prescription medication
Avoid cell phone distracted driving, including hands-free
Make sure all occupants are properly secured in age-appropriate restraints
Never leave a child alone in a car and always keep your car locked when not in use
If you drive for work, talk with your employer about safe habits – do not take calls while behind the wheel
Regularly check your vehicle for recalls at CheckToProtect. org and stay up to date on the safety features in your car by visiting MyCarDoesWhat.org
Use Safety Features Correctly
Modern cars are filled with safety features that can help protect the driver, passengers and even pedestrians, but they must be used correctly. Look through your vehicle manual to learn which features are available and make use of them to stay safe while behind the wheel.
Do not rely on safety features to replace you as the driver – you are still your car’s best safety feature
Make sure you understand your vehicle safety features before using them - not all vehicle safety features operate the same way
Maintain your vehicle to keep safety features working correctly, including clearing the vehicle of mud, ice and snow
Pay attention to vehicle alerts and warnings
Educate teens and all inexperienced drivers about the safety features present in the vehicle and how they work
One Team. One Vision. One Goal. - Everyone Goes Home Safe!