Motor Vehicle Accidents
More people have died in motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. than have
died in all the wars we've fought.
We can win this battle by ensuring that our vehicles are safe, and that
we operate them responsibly.
- Keep your vehicle -- tire pressure, brakes, fluid levels, lights -- in
proper working order.
- If your vision changes, get your eyes checked. You must be able to see
clearly in all lighting and visibility conditions.
- As you age, brush up on your skills. AARP and AAA offer free mature driver courses.
- Wear your seat belt, properly secured.
- Make sure every passenger, including pets, are likewise buckled up for safety.
- Use rear-facing car seats in the backseat for small children. If you cannot
afford one, ask your County Health and Human Services about obtaining
one for free.
- Don't drink and drive. You knew that one already, right?
- Don't drive under the influence of drugs, whether street or even many
- If your doctor, pharmacist or the label itself tells you "don't
operate heavy machinery", that would include all motor vehicles!
- Don't drive drowsy. A strong cuppa joe or an energy drink is not enough.
Pull over into a safe area, lock your doors and take a nap.
- Don't drive distracted or use your hands for making phone calls or
sending texts. In fact, use your hands only for steering and operating
- Don't drive angry. Aggressive driving causes accidents.
- Don't speed. Limits and laws are designed to protect you and your loved ones.
- Do drive defensively. Signal. Slow down in bad weather. Watch for oncoming traffic.
- If you have car trouble, get as far off the road as you can, and put your
flashers on. Do not try to cross or walk along a busy highway.
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Remember, if you or another has been injured, dial 911 immediately!