Every year, thousands of lives are lost on the road nationwide. And every year, road safety becomes more and more important to teach to our children as they start their journey as new drivers.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 32,166 fatal crashes in 2015 alone, resulting in a total of 35,092 deaths. That’s quite a lot for a single year. If we want to reduce that number in the coming years, it is imperative to focus on road safety.
Everyone learns how to drive before they go to take their driver’s test; they learn the rules of the road, how to operate their vehicle, what the signs mean, and how to maneuver in a number of circumstances, from heavy traffic to inclement weather.
However, as we learn that once and only have to renew our driver’s licenses every few years, a lot of us can forget the importance of the responsibility we take on as drivers as we become caught in the routine of it, and this is only one way that can cause accidents to become more prominent on our roads.
ROAD SAFETY TIPS
The first tip is to always look where you’re going, and be mindful of your surroundings.
This is generally taught when kids are learning how to safely cross the street, but it’s just as important in a vehicle! After all, you’re sharing the road with thousands of other drivers, and if you don’t look where you’re going and have no idea what’s going on around you, you’re more likely to cause or become part of an accident.
The second tip is one that we are reminded of fairly consistently, but that some still manage to forget: Always wear your seatbelt.
Seatbelts are made to help keep us from harm in the event of a collision, and are just as important, if not more important, as wearing a helmet while riding a bike. When seatbelts work with our airbags in a vehicle, they can keep us from suffering a lot of damage from things such as:
- Flying forward and hitting the windshield;
- Being thrown from the vehicle;
- Moving around in the vehicle and hitting the steering wheel, doors, etc.
The third tip, remaining calm while driving, can teach both patience and keep you alert while driving, so you can think clearly when it really matters.
Think about it: When you are angry, frustrated, or upset, you’re really only focusing on that one thing – the other driver or pedestrian or traffic situation that caused you to be upset – and that pulls the focus on the other drivers from the road.
Being upset while driving is a distraction, and can get you and likely someone else harmed, because you aren’t prepared for anything.