Defensive Driving

Accident Fund America has many helpful downloadable brochures and tips on their website, which I refer to quite often for information and updates.  I recently came across this brochure about defensive driving and I immediately knew I had to share some of the tips and statistics it had. Being in the business of transportation, I feel it’s my duty to share this information with as many people as possible.

Below is an excerpt from their brochure:

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“Defensive driving is one subject that can have a significant impact on workers’ safety.

Why It’s So Important

A vehicle, whether it’s a company vehicle or personal transportation, can be a deadly machine in the hands
of a careless driver. A good defensive driving attitude is the key to worker safety on the road.”

Statistics show what can happen without it:

Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of death for workers.

  • 1 in 4 fatal work injuries involves a vehicle accident.
  • Someone is injured every 18 seconds while driving.
  • More than 2 million injuries are disabling as a result of vehicle accidents every year.
  • A person dies in a car crash every 11 minutes.
  • Seatbelts save more than 100,000 lives yearly.

In general, when you have impaired vision of any sort while driving, it’s important to practice the following:

  • Keep windshield clean to improve vision.
  • Turn lights on 30 minutes before sunset.
  • Be extra careful on curves and at intersections.
  • If you’re having trouble, pull completely off the road and use flashers.
  • Increase following distance by at least two car lengths.

After taking these precautions, it’s also important to acknowledge there are a variety of specific weather conditions that can cause significant risks when driving. Keep in mind what can happen when these conditions occur, as well as what to do to avoid accidents.

Safety reminders for cell phone users:

  • Keep conversations short. Develop ways to get free of longwinded friends and associates while on the road.
  • Hang up in tricky traffic situations — without warning if necessary. Safe driving takes precedence over telephone etiquette. You can explain later — because you’ll still be alive!
  • Consider using a “hands-free” speakerphone system, so you can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Some states have proposed legislation that requires use of these devices.
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