June is National Safety Month. Injuries are the leading cause of disability for people of all ages and the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1-44. Did you know that every 4 minutes someone dies in the US from an unintentional injury, that is 120,000 people every year.
The top 3 causes of unintentional injury in the US are poisoning, motor vehicle crashes and falls. In 2012 motor vehicle crashes resulted in 36,300 deaths with 26% of all crashes were caused while using a cell phone. So many of these injuries and deaths can be prevented when people practice safe behavior. Here are things that you can personally do to protect yourself and others while on the road.
KNOW THE RULES OF THE ROAD: Make sure you are fully aware of the driving rules of the place you are driving in. Especially if you are traveling to different states where the rules could change. About 30% of all road accidents occur because people don’t know and don’t follow the rules of the road.
BE CAREFUL: Drivers need to be careful of what they are doing and others as well. There are many people on the road that shouldn’t be, and that means we need to be fully aware of everything and everyone on the road.
BE MINDFUL OF OTHERS: While driving we can become distracted by many things; cell phone, children, eating that can cause us not to pay as much attention to the road. We need to be mindful of other drivers as well as individuals on bikes, joggers or people just walking on the side of the road.
BE PATIENT: There is a lot or road rage going on these days because lets face it, everyone is in a hurry and no one has patience’s. Many people have lost their lives on the road due to impatient drivers. Stay calm and remember your destination will be there even if you are 10 minutes late. Out of 100% of accidents 20 of them occur because someone is not doing the right thing at the right time.
INSPECT YOUR VEHICLE: Before you travel make sure your vehicle is in good and working order. So many accidents occur because of a faulty car. Sometimes the simplest issue could cause a major accident. Spent that extra time beforehand to have your vehicle looked at by a certified mechanic before traveling long distances.
On the 911Tracker Blog our goal is to keep families safe. We thought it would be helpful to give you a recap of our safety posts so you have useful information all in one place.
* Safety for Small Business Owners
* Tips for preventing Distracted Driving
* Preventing Classic Car Theft
* Spring Car Care Tips
* Tips for Parents with Teen Drivers
* Preventing Your Vehicle From Theft
* Tips on Driving in the Snow