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Is there such thing as a preventable accident?

Gary Jaffarian says “Yes” to this question, and shares three tips for how drivers can prevent vehicle-related accidents this 4th of July weekend and throughout the summer.

I say a resounding yes to this question. I understand that the word “accident” implies it was not done on purpose. Accidents on the road have the second highest cause of accidental deaths and they are the most preventable! Nearly 34,000 people die in motor vehicle every year. (By the way, poisonings are the highest cause of accidental deaths).

In New England, we are approaching one of the best times of the year. Schools are out, the weather is great and we are kicking off summer with the big 4th of July weekend! I BBQ backyardwant to share 3 tips of how you can prevent accidents this coming weekend and throughout the year:

1. Designated drivers: I know I write about this a lot, but statistics show July 4th weekend can be a tragic time on the roads. We love to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, food, and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation’s roads. But this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes, according to the NHTSA. The latest statistics available are from July 4, 2015 holiday weekend whereby 146 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher; and 92 people died in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .15 or higher – almost twice the legal limit.

Remember that drinking alcohol in the sun exacerbates dehydration.

I recently passed a very large beer truck on the highway with a billboard-size graphic of a serene beach scene with a bottle of beer in the sand, suggesting you “find the nearest Corona beer posterbeach.” With the long Independence Day weekend upon us, the National Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA) reminds us that we can prevent accidents by preventing drunk or “buzzed” driving by having a designated driver or sticking to non-alcoholic beverages, which are the best thirst quenchers!

Also remember, this is not just about driving under the influence of alcohol. Have a designated driver to account for the effects of marijuana, opioids and prescription drugs.

2. Don’t text and drive. It can wait and it should wait. Texting while driving remainsTeen texting another cause of accidents that is completely preventable. Cell phones should be hands-free, if used at all. Imagine that 660,000 Americans are talking on cell phones every day while driving! All the new model vehicles we sell at Jaffarian Volvo Toyota are equipped with blue tooth, and most can even read your texts to you! Now that is an important safety measure, that will help reduce the accident rate.

3. Never leave a child or pet in a vehicle. Heatstroke is the leading cause of vehicular non-crash-related deaths for children under 14. In fact, each year, an average of 37 children have died from vehicle heatstroke between 1998-2015. This loss of life is tragic and 100% preventable.dogincar

When the outside temperature is 83 degrees, and your window is down two inches, the temperature inside your car can reach 109 degrees in 15 minutes. The color of your car’s interior can make a difference, too. While it seems like an impossible mistake to make, every parent or caregiver can potentially become distracted, and distractions often fuel this devastating situation. I’ve seen parents run into a store for a few minutes and leave a child in the car while they are sleeping, thinking it’s safe. It is dangerous on many levels. Pets also die in hot vehicles that can be up to 140 degrees inside a vehicle with the windows rolled up or slightly open. No one is immune. If you see a child or pet left in a vehicle on a hot day, call the police. You could save a life.

Every needs water in the hot temperatures to stay hydrated—particularly elderly, children and pets. The above 3 tips are largely common sense, but I hope lives are saved this coming weekend by remembering these three ways you can prevent vehicle-related tragedies. Be safe and remember to hydrate during warm weather. We all need water but especially the elderly, children and pets.

Happy Independence Day to all!HappySafeJuly4th

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