This month, the National Safety Council focuses providing information to decrease the causes of injury at home, at work, and on the road. Each week focuses on one main topic: Emergency Preparedness, Wellness, Falls, and Driving.
At Blue Hills we believe that prevention is a key component to your overall health.
This week's main topic is about driving. This week, the National Safety Council is focusing on driving. Many of us drive everyday, and while we may believe that we are safe drivers, 94% of motor vehicle crashes involve human error.
Avoid Dangerous Driving Behaviors:
When in the car, keep your focus on the road. Follow the guidelines below to help prevent injury:
Avoid impaired driving - this could be by alcohol, lack of sleep, or drugs
Avoid cell phone distracted driving, including hands free
Practice with your teen drivers and teach them to avoid distraction
Make sure all occupants are properly secured in age-appropriate restraints
Regularly check your vehicle for recalls at checktoprotect.org
Use Safety Feature Correctly:
Newer car models now have many safety features that can help protect the driver, passengers, and even pedestrians, but they must be used correctly. Be sure to look at your vehicle's manual to learn about your car's features and follow the guidelines below:
Do not rely on your car's safety features - you are the driver and are still the car's best safety feature
Make sure you understand your car's safety features before using them -- not all car safety features operate the same way
Maintain your vehicle to keep safety features working correctly
Pay attention to vehicle alerts and warning
Educate teens and all inexperienced drivers about the safety features present in the vehicle and how they work
Please click the links below to learn more!
Drowsy Driving a Bigger Danger Than Federal Data Indicates, AAA Claims