Points to Ponder for Safe Driving
- expect the unexpected
- obey all traffic signs and laws
- follow at a safe distance
- adjust your speed to road and weather conditions
- weather can drastically change our level of vision as well as the road’s surface
- keep your car in a good, safe condition
- check your tires, fuel levels, etc. before heading out
- use common courtesy while driving
- be aware of your surroundings
- check your rear view mirror for traffic behind you and beware of what is in front of you
- avoid competing with traffic
- use your turn signals at all turns and stops
- refuse to drive after drinking
(Missouri State Highway Patrol)
Just Buckle Up
“I don’t need to when I’m traveling at a slow speed or just going a couple blocks”
- More than 80% of all car crashes occur at speeds less than 40 mph.
- Fatalities involving non-belted occupants of cars have been recorded at as low as 12 mph. That’s approximately the speed of driving in a parking lot.
- 3 out of 4 crashes causing death occur within 25 miles of home.
“But it’s uncomfortable and I feel confined”
- Seatbelts are made to allow the driver to reach necessary driving controls.
- Seatbelts allow drivers and passengers to move freely and comfortably during normal driving conditions. When a collision occurs, the belt will automatically lock into position, providing the need protection.
- Most new seatbelt users find that it makes them feel more reassured.
- Eventually, you may feel even more comfortable.
“What if I get trapped in a burning car because of my seatbelt?”
- Less than 0.5% of all injury-producing collisions involve fire or submersion.
- Wearing a seatbelt in this case could save your life-if you’re involved in a crash without wearing your seat belt, you could be stunned or knocked unconscious by striking the inside of your car or another passenger. Then your chance of getting out of a burning car is drastically reduced.
(U.S. Department of Transportation-National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
By the Numbers: Distracted Driving
- 20% of crashes involve some sort of distraction
- $100+ fine for texting and driving–it can wait
- The average time a driver who is texting spends with his or her eyes off the road is 4.6 seconds
- 50% of teenage drivers admit to texting and driving