Americans are driving more and there’s been a corresponding increase in in automobile crashes. As we go about the routine of driving our kids to school, battling traffic to and from work, or heading to weekend events, it’s easy to forget the simple things that can make the trip safer. Nothing is more important than the safety of you and your family, and here are some traffic and driving reminders:
- Always wear seat belts – the most effective way to protect your precious cargo – even for a quick trip to the store or a neighbor’s house
- Secure children and infants in appropriate car and booster seats at all times to reduce the risk of injuries by 70 percent – it’s also important to have seats inspected (as many as half of the children riding in vehicles are in improperly installed safety seats)
- Pay attention to the roadway and avoid electronic devices, applying makeup or turning around to interact with passengers – actions that double your risk of a crash
- Be familiar with areas where you are driving and obey road signs and local traffic laws
- Slow down in bad weather – conditions can change rapidly
- Practice defensive driving techniques
- Keep your vehicle well-maintained
- Check for recalls on your vehicles (safercar.gov/checkforrecalls)
Accidents and breakdowns happen when you least expect them. Now is also a good time to assemble a safety kit for your car or truck that includes a spare cell phone battery, first aid kit, blanket, fire extinguisher, jumper cables, reflective warning triangles and foam sealant for flat tires.
TAKEAWAY: Find a wealth of auto safety tips at our resources page, www.calcas.com/resources.
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