June is National Safety Month

The National Safety Council puts out an annual Injury Facts study. In the 2017 edition, the top causes of preventable deaths among 1-24 year olds is motor vehicle accidents, causing 33% of deaths in 1-4 year olds, 56% of deaths in 5-14 year olds, and 57% of deaths in 15-24 year olds.

The 15-24 year old bracket is the largest number at 3,500 deaths. The three biggest causes of fatalities on the road are alcohol, speeding, and distracted driving.

June is National Safety Month, so we're asking you to celebrate by driving with safety top-of-mind.

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According to a survey by AAA, 80% of families are planning to take a road trip this summer, up 10% from last year. As more and more of us are on the roads, it's important to remember travel do's and don'ts and to respect other vehicles on the road. Whether you're driving across Nashville or across the country this summer, we're giving you ways to prevent deaths in our most vulnerable age groups.

  1. Always get enough rest and nutrition before going on a road trip.

  2. Take breaks and stretch your legs every few hours.

  3. Try to share driving responsibilities with someone else, especially on long trips.

  4. If you need to pull over for any reason on a highway, make sure your vehicle is completely off the road.

  5. Know the laws along your route, including cell phone laws and speed limits. They vary state to state.

  6. Don't drive distracted! Eating, putting on makeup, and texting can all wait until you get to your destination. If you DO need a snack, make sure it is a snack designed to be eaten while your eyes stay on the road, like a granola bar (and NOT a chili dog!).

  7. Keep an eye on the skies and avoid driving during bad weather.

  8. Make sure your car is in good working condition. This includes your tires, battery, and proper fluid levels. If you plan on going on a LONG trip, you may want to consider having a mechanic check out your car before you leave.

  9. Keep a first aid kit in your car. You never know when an accident will occur or if you will get stranded.

  10. Do not drink and drive. You already know this, but even one drink, though it may not get you "drunk", can make you sleepy and cause you to make bad decisions.

If we, as a community, take safety to heart and follow traffic laws, we can prevent meaningless deaths and injuries on our roadways. We encourage your family to not only drive safe this summer, but to have fun and make the most of your road trips.

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