Vehicles are one of the most helpful things we have. We enjoy the comfort of using them in our daily lives. Yet according to ASIRT.ORG, globally we are experiencing an average of 3,287 deaths a day. Most likely, that is more than the amount of friends you have on Facebook. All in one day! To add to that, vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death of those between the ages of 15-29, and for those ages 5-14 it is the second leading cause of death. That means that everyday there are many families that are losing their loved ones, several of them being under the age of 30. It is easy to believe that car crashes are something that happen to other people, until it happens to you. There are many things we can begin to do right now that will help keep our roads safe. From the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention they suggest the following:
- Use a seat belt in every seat, on every trip, no matter how short.
- Make sure children are always properly buckled in the back seat in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt, whichever is appropriate for their age, height, and weight.
- Choose not to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs, and help others do the same.
- Obey speed limits.
- Drive without distractions (such as using a cell phone or texting).
These are all basic things that we’ve all heard before. We may even think that we are doing a pretty good job of following them. In time though we sometimes catch ourselves getting comfortable in our habits of driving. Thinking “think one quick text is fine” or “I’m not speeding more than everyone does”, or even “I don’t need to put my seatbelt on – I’m not going far.” Yet these are the moments that proceed not only accidents, but fatal accidents. Following the law at all times can make a difference. You may not know whose life your sparing by driving safely, but don’t let that deter you from making the right decision.
“Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18 July 2016. Web. 17 Oct. 2016. <http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/motor-vehicle-safety/>.
“Road Safety Facts.” Road Safety Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2016. <http://asirt.org/Initiatives/Informing-Road-Users/Road-Safety-Facts>.
A Sign in West University Place, Texas (Greater Houston) Advising Drivers That They Are Not Allowed to Text. N.d. Wikipedia. Web. 20 Oct. 2016. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texting_while_driving>.
The Truth & Consequences of Texting While Driving <http://www.bestofbikers.com/texting-and-driving>.