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6 Ways You Can Promote Safety on the Road

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there were 32,166 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the country in 2015, resulting in 35,092 deaths. However, there are ways we can all make the roads safer not only for ourselves, but for those we share it with. Help bring down these tragically high numbers by promoting safety on the road and setting a good example.

Read on to learn more about what you can do.

1. Reduce your speed: Speeding is one of the leading causes of car accidents and can influence both the risk and consequences of them. Drivers are twice as likely to kill someone they hit while driving 35mph than they are at 30mph. Plan your trips ahead of time to avoid being in a hurry.

2. Practice defensive driving: Driving well and observing all traffic laws is not the only way in which you can promote road safety. Remaining aware of all of your surroundings at all times is what it means to be a defensive driver. Look ahead, behind you, next to you, and always have a potential escape route ready in case you need to quickly react to an obstacle ahead. Adjust your buffer zones between cars according to speeds. When traveling at a slower speed, a car’s length of distance is sufficient, whereas this should be increased at higher speeds to provide adequate time for sudden braking, if necessary.

3. Minimize all distractions: Distracted driving is another leading cause of accidents on our nation’s highways and is quickly becoming an epidemic. According to a poll by the National Safety Council, 80% of drivers indicated they believe hands-free devices are safer than handheld devices. Unfortunately, this is incorrect. Both hands-free and handheld devices are distracting and present a dangerous threat to drivers who engage in this terrible habit and others around them. Distracted driving includes more than simply the use of cell phones though. It also includes talking to passengers, reaching for things in the vehicle, using a navigation device, eating, grooming, and more. When you are behind the wheel, it is crucial to devote your attention entirely to driving. If something is truly an emergency, safely pull over to the side of the road to address it.

4. Educate teen drivers: Teen drivers and young adults are at a greater risk for accidents than any other age group, especially given their lack of experience and willingness to engage in riskier behavior. Teach your teenage drivers the importance of safe driving and set a good example by practicing good driving habits they can learn from and emulate. You might also consider enrolling teenage drivers in your household in Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs to allow them to safely gain driving experience before obtaining full driving privileges.

5. Encourage employers to take action: For millions of Americans, driving is part of their job duties. Some are professionally trained, but many others are not, particularly when driving is not the primary function of a job. When an employee’s main job does not involve driving, he or she is unlikely to receive the same safety management that is required for professional drivers. Employers should address this and manage the safety of employees operating vehicles, as they would manage any other risk in the workplace.

6. Do not drink and drive: While we all know drinking and driving or driving under the influence of drugs is against the law, this still remains one of the top leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. If you plan on drinking while you are out, plan your trip home ahead of time. Ask a sober friend for a ride or call a ridesharing service to make sure you get home safely. You can also look out for your friends by making sure they do not get behind the wheel of a car after drinking. By looking out for each other, we can all make the roads safer together.

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