This June, our nation celebrates National Safety Month, sponsored by the National Safety Council. The theme in 2015 is “What I Live For.” It is crucial for all motorists to recognize that what we live for is at our destination, and therefore getting there safe and sound is of utmost importance. We encourage you to take advantage of the important message promoted by this initiative by learning valuable tips for traveling safely.
Three Tips for Getting to Your Destination Safely
How can you improve the chance that you will arrive at your destination safe and sound? The following are three important tips:
- Never use your phone while driving. This includes texting and talking, using both handheld and hands-free devices. Ensure that your cellphone is turned off while you drive. If you leave it on and receive a call, designate another passenger to answer for you. If you must use your phone during long trips, schedule breaks in advance.
- Always get plenty of sleep before hitting the road. Thousands of people are killed each year as a result of drowsy driving accidents. If you are tired while driving, pull over for a nap if possible. If you have other passengers in the car, consider switching off on driving responsibilities periodically. It is also important to plan for frequent breaks in order to get out of the vehicle and stretch your legs.
- Help inexperienced drivers operate their vehicles more safely. Teens and new drivers should practice driving with older, more experienced drivers for at least 30 minutes each week. Parents should also consider setting out specific household rules relating to young drivers. Newer drivers should avoid traveling with passengers if possible, and should also avoid driving at night until they become more experienced.
Of course, it is not just ourselves that we have to be concerned about—it is our loved ones as well. Improve the odds of your loved ones reaching their destinations safely by sharing a link to this article with your friends and loved ones on Facebook and Twitter!