According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes in the United States are the leading cause of death for people aged 1 – 54. That is a staggering statistic. We want you to be safe on the roads but especially during this time of year with extra traffic on the streets and roads. Even during this pandemic, the roads are full of holiday shoppers.
Here are a few safety tips when you are on the road this holiday season.
- Buckle up. Always. Buckle children in age and size appropriate car seats, booster seats and seat belts. Remember that bulky/puffy coats should not be used underneath a car seat harness. Bulky clothing makes it difficult to tighten a car seat harness properly. A loose harness is very dangerous and can lead to serious injuries and even ejection from the car seat. Properly buckle the harness first then place a coat or blanket over the buckled child. Also, children 12 and under should be properly buckled in the back seat of the vehicle.
- Drive sober and unimpaired. This includes alcohol, prescription and over the counter medications that may cause drowsiness, side effects or other impairments.
- Avoid distractions. You have a lot to do during the holidays but don’t let that long ‘to-do’ list distract you from being aware when you are behind the wheel. And please do not text and drive
- Drive at a speed safe for road and weather conditions. Always allow enough space between you and the car in front of you to stop safely. Weather conditions may contribute to your inability to stop quickly. And use your turn signals. This will alert the car behind you to slow and avoid a rear-end collision.
- Drive the speed limit. In town or on the interstate, slow down!
- Drive with your headlights on. If your vehicle doesn’t have automatic driving lights, turn on your headlights every time you get in, day or night. This will make your vehicle more visible to other drivers.
For more safe driving tips, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
We wish you a wonderful and safe holiday season. But, if you are in a crash, call us. We can help. (479) 202-5200
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA). Traffic Safety Facts 2017: A Compilation of Motor Vehicle Crash Data. [cited 2019 November 13]. Available from URL: https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812806external icon.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). [cited 2019 November 13]. Available from URL: http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars.