June is National Safety Month and, each week, the National Safety Council is focusing on a different element of safety. We want to help spread the word and keep our communities safe. But safety on the road is more than simply avoiding distractions and completing routine maintenance. Here are some of our top safety tips:
Vehicle emergency kit
An important element of driver safety is preparedness is in case of an emergency. Creating a vehicle emergency kit is the first step. Here are a few items that should be included in your kit:
- Jumper cables
- First aid kit
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Spare tire and car jack
Read more about what should be included in your vehicle emergency kit here.
Avoid dangerous driving behaviors
Avoid distracted driving from cell phones, GPS, radio or other devices. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving claimed 3,450 lives and 391,000 were injured in a distracted driving accident in 2016.
Impaired driving is not only dangerous to you but to others on the road as well. Whether impaired by alcohol or drugs, or even lack of sleep, your vision could be impaired and you are putting yourself and others at risk.
Make sure all occupants in the vehicle, including yourself, are properly secured with a seatbelt. According to the NHTSA, many Americans understand the lifesaving value of a seatbelt, with the national use rate at 90.1 percent, but nearly 27.5 million people still don’t buckle up.
Use safety features correctly
Most modern vehicles have many different safety features incorporated to protect the driver and passengers, but you must use them properly. Read through your vehicle manual to establish how your vehicle is keeping you safe and make use of the available features.
Stay healthy on the road
Drivers who are on the road for hours, days, weeks or even months at a time often find it difficult to maintain healthy habits, both physically and mentally. There are many ways that drivers can ensure that their health is in check. Some include:
- Eating healthy
- Sticking to an exercise routine
- Developing a stable sleep schedule
- Increasing mental stimulation
- Prioritizing important relationships
To read more about how you can do all these things, click here.
Prioritize every person’s safe well-being, including your own, when on the road. Find out more ways for how to improve overall fleet safety here.
Go to the National Safety Council’s website to read more about National Safety Month and find out more ways to stay safe in every situation.