Avoiding Automobile Crash Injury Tips
Wear your seat belt. Make it a rule:
Everyone must be buckled up before the vehicle moves. Adult seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Yet, millions of adults do not wear their seat belts on every trip. More than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2009.
Don’t drink and drive. Alcohol slows reaction time and decreases awareness. It is DANGEROUS and ILLEGAL to drive while under the influence (DUI). Thirty-six percent of driving fatalities were caused by DUI in Colorado in 2012. That was 161 preventable deaths. Drunk driving deaths have decreased by 33 percent, well above the national average. That was 150 preventable deaths.
Yellow means prepare to stop. Don’t gun it through a yellow light. Instead, STOP. In addition, when your light turns green, watch for other cars that may be gunning it through the yellow.
Keep your vehicle in shape. Check the following items regularly: brakes and brake fluid, belts, tires and tire pressure, engine fluids, lights, wiper blades and cleanliness of your windshield.
Don’t get SUV overconfidence. The bigger the vehicle, the tougher it is to stop.
Don’t tailgate. Follow the three-second rule. The three-second rule is a simple way to double-check that you are driving at a safe following distance. Choose a fixed point that is even with the car in front of you. For example, a road sign or a building. If you reach that same fixed point before you can count to three, then you are driving too close to the car in front of you and you need to fall back a bit.
Don’t give in to road rage. Relax. To avoid becoming a road rage statistic, leave more space between yourself and other drivers, stay out the left lane if you are going slow, don’t play games on the road and give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination.