According to the National Safety Council, someone is killed in a car crash every 15 minutes, and someone is injured every seven seconds. That’s WAY too often! Our hope is that we can encourage you to implement safer driving techniques in order to keep yourself, those riding with you, and those around you free from harm.Many of these preventable accidents occur during the work day by people who are coming or going to work or out on work-related trips. In fact, it is the #1 cause of workplace deaths. Whether you are going to work or headed on vacation, we’re giving you 10 ways to reduce the risk of dying in a car crash.
- Wear your seat belt. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that almost 50% of people who died in wrecks weren't wearing seat belts. This is a simple step that keep you alive if you get into an accident. Check out these Tennessee Seat Belt Laws: What You need to Know.
- Follow traffic laws. Speeding, failing to stop at stop signs, and running red lights are all dangerous and contribute to accidents.
- Don’t drink and drive. It’s important to drink responsibly and know when it’s time to find a ride home. About 35%t of people killed in auto accidents are alcohol-impaired. Don’t take the chance!
- Don’t text and drive. The text can always wait, and phone calls can wait as well. On average, looking at your phone while driving takes around five seconds. Not too long right? Wrong, if you are driving 55 mph, those five seconds can add up to be a distance of an entire football field!
- Don’t multitask while you drive. Even though things like eating or putting makeup on only take your attention off the road for seconds at a time, accidents can happen in those few seconds, especially during heavy traffic.
- Make sure your vehicle is road worthy. Getting regular maintenance on your car can mean a safer car including checking tire pressure, brakes, and tread regularly.
- Pay attention as a pedestrian. It can be exciting to be in a new city or on vacation where there is lots to see, but remember to be aware of your surroundings, especially when crossing streets.
- Make sure you are fit to drive. If contacts or glasses are required, wear them. If you’re too sleepy, don’t drive. You should be able to turn your neck to look around you. If your mind or body is not in a condition to drive, find another mode of transportation. Here are Signs and Elderly Loved One May Need to Stop Driving.
- Remember the three-second rule. Give yourself ample time to stop by staying three seconds away from the car in front of you.
- Avoid target fixation. When getting into an accident, most people focus on the object they are going to hit. Instead, focus on the escape route and if you must hit something, hit an object that can be pushed over like a fence or traffic cones rather than fixed objects like utility poles or other cars.
It’s clear that following traffic laws, driving sober, avoiding distractions, and paying attention can reduce your risk of dying in a car crash. The next time you get in the car, drive safely. Your life depends on it.