Speeding is a factor in one-third of U.S. traffic accident fatalities, but it's important to keep in mind that speeding isn't just going faster than the posted limit. Anytime you drive too fast for the road, weather or traffic conditions, you are speeding. Speeding itself is dangerous, and when combined with other poor driving behaviors, it could be deadly.
Today concludes the 20th annual Drive Safely Work Week. This year's safe-driving campaign is Drowsy, Distracted, or Focused... Your Decisions Drive Your Safety. The last day of this year's campaign reminds drivers to buckle up every time and focus on slowing down and paying attention.
Traffic crashes are the second-leading cause of traumatic brain injury and even low-speed crashes can result in brain trauma. Seat belts keep you in place, helping prevent your head from hitting the dash, windshield or steering wheel. Seat belts reduce the risk of serious crash-related injuries and death by about half for front seat occupants. Seat belts saved 12,000 lives in 2014 alone and from 2010 to 2014, they saved 63,000 lives (that's enough people to fill a football stadium!)
Life goes by too fast NOT to slow down. While this important week comes to a close today, bringing awareness to safe and defensive driving on and off the job should be a year-round priority. If you haven't already, please download these 5 new free safety topics that we have put together for you. They aren't just for Drive Safely Work Week, feel free to use them as toolbox talks throughout the year!