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Health Tips for Safe Driving

separator Who’s Driving your Kids?

It’s hard 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 wheel.

Watch out at Traffic Lights

Each year, 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.

Cell Phone Safety

For all 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 against it.

There’s no question that there are precautions you can take while driving and talking on the phone:

  • Get 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.
  • Stay off the Phone During Hazardous Conditions. That means snow, rain, ice and heavy traffic.
  • Think before you Dial It’s safest to dial before you pull into traffic or when you’re stopped at a red light.
  • Keep it Short and Simple Stressful or emotional conversations will distract you, as will talking about a business deal or project.
  • Don’t 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.
  • Use a Hands-Free Device This can minimize risk.

National Transportation Safety Board; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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