Health Tips for Safe Driving
Driving your Kids?
to give fellow carpool drivers the third degree about their
driving skills, but if they’re driving your kids around regularly,
you should know if they drive safely. Listen to what your
children say about the people who drive them places. If the
kids are making comments about other parents’ driving styles,
you need to investigate. And find out whether teenagers ever
drive in place of parents. If they do, are they responsible?
Make sure you feel comfortable with whoever is behind the
out at Traffic Lights
200,000 people in the US are injured when drivers press the
accelerator to make it through a light that’s turning red.
Accidents like this are on the rise. Between 1992 and 1998,
fatal crashes at traffic signals increased 18 percent. When
you approach a signal, check for oncoming traffic even if
your light is green.
the people who claim that cell phone use while driving is
dangerous, there are those who say that it’s no more distracting
than having a conversation with a passenger or switching the
radio dial. But talking on the telephone while driving is
a distraction, and some local governments in Ohio, New York,
New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts have enacted laws
no question that there are precautions you can take while
driving and talking on the phone:
Familiar with a New Phone Familiarize yourself with the
workings of your new phone before you use it when you’re
driving. Trying to figure out the new bells and whistles
while on the highway is a recipe for disaster.
off the Phone During Hazardous Conditions. That means snow,
rain, ice and heavy traffic.
before you Dial It’s safest to dial before you pull into
traffic or when you’re stopped at a red light.
it Short and Simple Stressful or emotional conversations
will distract you, as will talking about a business deal
Give in to Peer Pressure If you don’t like talking on the
phone while you drive, don’t do it, even if most of the
people you work with do it.
a Hands-Free Device This can minimize risk.
National Transportation Safety Board; National Highway Traffic