It’s National Safety Month, Part 7: Driving Safety Tips
Summer has arrived and whether you’re just going over to a friend’s for a barbecue or you have a long road trip planned, the chances are you’re going to be hitting Phoenix’s roads.
While it may not seem the most celebratory way to kick off the summer season, it’s important to remember that thousands of people are killed each year due to car accidents. And sadly, many of them could have been prevented. As part of National Safety Month, we encourage everyone to take a minute and remind themselves of how they can stay safe on the roads this year.
- Put the phone away. Drivers are starting to understand how dangerous it is to text and drive or talk and drive, but they’re still not putting their phones away. Our brains simply cannot function as well when concentrating on two different things, so hands-free devices don’t work either. If you’re driving, do not use your phone.
- Talk to teens. Teens are connected to their phones 24 hours a day and they’re also out on the roads. They should know that car crashes are the leading cause of death among teens, and it’s because many of them are texting while driving.
- Train your employees. Driving is a part of the job for many, but only a fraction of the at-work drivers out there are professionally trained. Employers need to make sure they are training and insuring any employee who’s going to be driving around for them; and employees need to demand it from their employers. Employers should enact policies regarding cell phone and seatbelt safety for all employees required to drive as part of their job.
- Take defensive driving training. There’s no better protection a driver can give himself than knowledge. Knowing what to do in an emergency situation, or how to prevent an accident, is the best way to stay safe. All drivers should take a defensive driving training course before getting behind the wheel.
Summer is finally here and that means more time for fun with family and friends. If you’re in a car accident, call The Husband and Wife Law Team today at (602) 267-1280. We know about road safety and personal injury law in Phoenix and we will work hard to fight for you and your rights.