National Safety Month: Driving

As we reach the end of our National Safety Month discussion, we’re highlighting a topic that’s universally important in our day to day lives: Driving. Although we might not think twice of the importance of safety on the roads, it’s something that we all need to frequently refresh ourselves on. 

According to the NSC, in 2017, more than 40,000 people died in motor vehicles; the three biggest causes of fatalities being alcohol, speeding and distracted driving.  If we acknowledge what causes accidents, we can work together to eliminate preventable deaths on the road. Here are some road safety tips to share:

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings
  • Obey all traffic laws such as speed limits and signs
  • Always wear a seatbelt
  • Adjust car mirrors and seat before placing the key in ignition
  • Utilize your turn signals in all situations
  • Look far ahead while driving to avoid hazards
  • Make adjustments in poor weather conditions
  • Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you
  • Avoid texting or talking on the phone while driving
  • Never drive under the influence 
  • Take care of your vehicle with proper maintenance 

Employers are also encouraged to manage the safety of employees on the road, just as they manage other risks in the workplace. OSHA offers this Quick Card for employers encourage safe driving practices. Companies can also do their part in keeping our roads safe by offering defensive driving classes, partnering with programs for those with alcohol or drug problems or enacting certain policies for their workers while driving. 

Thanks for following along throughout National Safety Month as we tackled some important topics. We hope you’re continuing to stay healthy, safe and positive.