What are you best safety tips for accident prevention?
June is National Safety Month, according to the National Safety Council, and I am happy to provide you with the best safety tips. National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. At Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion, we are committed to helping you stay safe on the roads. This year’s theme, “What I Live For,” is celebrating your passions, according to the National Safety Council. Whether it is just being with your family, golf, fishing, going to the beach, whatever you love to do, we want you to get there safely.
With the nice weather finally here, spring and summer often mean longer and more frequent road trips. Safe driving needs to be top-of-mind this time of year as it is in the winter months. The reality is people tend to drive faster in nice weather as the roads tend to be clearer, but keep in mind there are more bicycles and motorcycles on the road.
My best safety tips are to avoid the three major causes of accidents:
1. Alcohol (30.8%)
2. Speeding (30%)
3. Distracted driving (26%).
While we’ve covered these tips in previous Ask Gary blogs, they bear repeating.
• Do not every drink or do drugs and drive.
• Read prescription bottle labels and do not drive when taking certain narcotics and painkillers.
• Do not text while driving. That’s the law!
• Don’t exceed the speed limit, particularly on side roads, where there are tourists, children, bikes and pedestrians.
• Check tire pressure. And be sure the vehicle has the correct fluids, particularly air conditioner coolant.
• Be sure windshield wiper blades are working and all lights are working. In Massachusetts it is the now the law to have your lights on when your windshield wipers are being used. This is for safety.
• Car accidents are the number one killer of children 1 to 12 years old in the U.S. Protect your children by putting them in the right car seat for their age and size. Reevaluate their current safety seat, and if you’re unsure if it’s the right fit, visit a local car seat inspection site.
• Driving while drowsy is a contributing factor in 100,000 accidents annually, reports the NHTSA. On long trips, schedule frequent breaks along the way to eat, drink, and snap family pictures. If you have someone else to share the driving, know when it is time to stop driving. If you don’t, stay at a hotel or stop and nap in a safe place before continuing the journey. Coffee, cool temperatures and loud music can help.
• If you do need to pull over for an emergency, pull as far over as possible and stay in your vehicle while waiting for help.
• Carry an emergency kit: flashlight, batteries, snacks, water, windshield washer, first aid kit, and a blanket. Many people think this is more important in the winter.
• Complete regular, scheduled maintenance including a battery check. When you visit the Jaffarian Service Department before a road trip, we will be more than happy to check your hoses, belts, tires and fluids. The time spent checking your vehicle is well worth preventing breaking down on the side of the road.
Have any other safety tips you’d like to share? Please send them to us through the comments section below. Happy, safe driving!