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National Safety Month, Week 4: Driving

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!

Tip sheet: English & Spanish

Drowsy Driving a Bigger Danger Than Federal Data Indicates, AAA Claims

No Cellphones While Driving

Sources:

https://www.nsc.org/pages/nsm-public-materials