This Tech Tip was originally published as the March 2016 “Safety Pins” by Philip E. Spiezio, Safety Officer, Washington County Office of the Safety Officer
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 35,000 people die each year from motor vehicle crashes. Another 2.25 million suffer injuries from being involved in motor vehicle crashes. The top three causes of these crashes are:
- Distracted Driving
- Driving under the Influence.
Driving defensively is constantly being alert and aware of all that is going on around you. Other drivers, pedestrians, and animals are just a few things that you have to consider while driving. Driving defensively is also taking responsibility for yourself and your actions. While behind the wheel, Just Drive!
- Be sure that all passengers are secured before starting the engine.
- If you plan on drinking alcohol, then designate a driver who is not going to drink or make other arrangements ahead of time so that you will not be tempted to drive. Alcohol or other drugs are a factor in almost half of all motor vehicle accidents.
- Be careful of your prescription medication.
- Drive at a consistent safe speed. Driving too fast or too slow can increase the likelihood of having a car accident.
- If you see another driver operating erratically, weaving, traveling over the center line, etc. then give the vehicle plenty of room and call the police. This may save your life or the life of someone else.
- Follow the rules of the road. Use the three second rule, be respectful of other motorists, and drive cautiously and responsibly.
- Don’t allow any types of distraction to affect your driving.