Preventing Motor Vehicle Accidents
If you or someone nearby is a victim of trauma, call 911 immediately!
More people have died in motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. than have died in all the wars we’ve fought. We can win this battle by ensuring that our vehicles are safe, and that we operate them responsibly.
- Keep your vehicle — tire pressure, brakes, fluid levels, lights, spare tire — in proper working order.
- Fill the tank before long trips.
- Carry safety items such as flashers, flares, flashlights, blanket, drinking water, matches, tools for changing tires, and for exiting submerged vehicle.
- If you have car trouble, get as far off the road as you can, and put your flashers on. Do not try to cross or walk along a busy highway.
- Buckle up.
- Make sure every passenger, including pets, are likewise buckled up for safety.
- Use rear-facing car seats in the backseat for small children.
- Don’t distract the driver.
- Keep your head and arms inside
- If your vision changes, get your eyes checked. You must be able to see clearly in all lighting and visibility conditions.
- Wear your seat belt, properly secured.
- Don’t drink and drive.
- Don’t drive under the influence of drugs, whether street or even many prescriptive ones.
- Don’t drive drowsy.
- Don’t drive distracted. No handheld calls, no texts.
- Don’t drive angry. Aggressive driving causes accidents.
- Don’t speed. Limits and laws are designed to protect you and your loved ones.
- Do drive defensively. Signal. Slow down in bad weather. Watch for oncoming traffic.
For Older Drivers
- Get your vision and hearing checked regularly.
- Get regular exercise to keep muscles and reflexes strong.
- Ask if your prescription medications can affect your perception, balance.
- Brush up on your skills with free mature driver courses from AARP and AAA.
- If you feel insecure at the wheel, leave the driving to another.
For Young Drivers
- Remember that you are young, but not immortal.