Best Wishes for a Happy and Safe 2020 from DriveSafetyLinks.com
A few reminders to keep safe driving top of mind through the holiday season and beyond:
Older Driver Safety Awareness Week: December 2-6
The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. has created materials to help families understand, talk about and manage the specific risks that impact senior drivers.
Drowsy Driving Prevention Week: Nov. 3-10
Many drivers take to the roads when they're not well-rested; the result is that they are not fully
alert and prepared to handle the complex decisions required to protect themselves and others.
It's far more common that you think - are you part of the problem?
National School Bus Safety Week: Oct. 21-25
It's everyone's responsiblity — including students — to help promote and maintain school bus safety.
This year's theme is "My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation!"
National Teen Driver Safety Week: Oct. 20-26
Statistics don't lie: It's clear that that teens needs to learn the "Rules for the Road" to help them stay safe.
National Child Passenger Safety Week: Sept. 15-21
"Every 32 seconds in 2017, one child under the age of 13 in a passenger vehicle was involved in a crash. Many times, injuries and deaths can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts." - NHTSA
What's more important than a child's safety?
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: Aug. 16-Sept. 2
This yearly campaign is a strong reminder that the best way to avoid the many serious consequences of drinking and driving is simply: "Don't do it."
Stop On Red Week: Aug. 4-10
The National Coalition for Safer Roads' "Stop On Red Week" is focused on helping to improve awareness of the critical need to obey red lights. This may seem like driving 101, but be honest
with yourself; have you run a red light recently — or come close to it?
Each day of this week emphasizes different safety aspects, useful statistics and information.
July is Vehicle Theft Prevention Month
Did you know that more than three-quarters of a million vehicles were stolen in the U.S. in 2017?
Let's face it, if your vehicle is gone, you will have to learn how to walk or bike safely.
National Safety Month, Week 4: Impairment
Impaired driving can be caused by risks beyond what most of us would typically consider; for example, prescription and over-the-counter medications can lead
to significant impairment.
National Safety Month, Week 3: Fatigue
Getting enough rest? If not, you may be putting yourself and others at risk on the road.
Sleep is vitally important to general good health; specifically, it promotes alertness and
peak cognitive function — helping you to make the right decisions while driving.
After you take a nap, check out the NSC's Week #3 links to learn more.
National Safety Month: June 2019
The NSC's National Safety Month offers a wealth of safety information; weeks three "Fatigue" and four "Impairment" are of particular interest to drivers.
Global Youth Traffic Safety Month: May 2019
"Traffic crashes remain the #1 killer of teens – and summer is still the deadliest season for U.S. youth on the roads." National Organizations for Youth Safety
Global Youth Traffic Safety Month seeks to educate everyone – particularly young drivers – on how to help reduce their risk.
Motorcycle Safety Month: May 2019
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Motorcycle Safety Month is designed to help motorcyclists and motorists share the road, watch out for each other, and learn and follow best practices for safe driving.
National Work Zone Awareness Week: April 8-12, 2019
Work zone safety is something that all drivers should take seriously during the long road construction season.
It's very simple to help keep construction workers, fellow drivers and yourself safe by using a little extra caution and common sense – along with following all posted signs and traffic direction from flaggers.
"Drive like you work here."
Distracted Driving Awareness Month: April 2019
"Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April is a united effort to recognize the dangers of and eliminate preventable deaths from distracted driving. Join us to help save lives." National Safety Council
Make it a point to recognize and eliminate driving distractions anytime you are behind the
Lyft and Uber Safety Infographic
How NOT to Drive in Winter Weather
Despite Punxsutawney Phil's prediction of an early spring, it seems the
inclement weather may hang around for a while ...
Read Erie Insurance's "How NOT to Drive in Winter Weather" to help you
make it through the last stretch of winter.
Happy Holidays and Stay Safe
Best wishes for the holiday season and new year — and a reminder that the best way for everyone to be happy and healthy is to drive safely!
December 2018 is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
Did you know that there is a Presidential Proclamation on this topic for 2018?
Visit the U.S. Department of Transportation's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over"
Holiday Season campaign page for a wealth of resources to help your workplace, organization or family prevent death or injury during the holiday season.
Don't Be A Turkey On The Road This Thanksgiving
To help you prepare for a busy travel day, check out a comprehensive
Happy Thanksgiving from DriverSafetyLinks.com!
Drowsy Driving Prevention Week Nov. 4-11, 2018
Visit the National Sleep Foundation to learn how being tired while operating a vehicle — probably a more common behavior than most of us would like to admit — might be more dangerous than you realize.
Top 4 Fall Driving Hazards (And How to Handle Them)
P.S. - Tip 5 - don't be distracted by the colorful foliage!
National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct. 21-27, 2018
It's no secret that teens are at a high risk behind the wheel. Their inexperience makes them highly susceptible to numerous distracted driving behaviors in addition to speeding, lack of seat belt use and many other unsafe driving practices.
National School Bus Safety Week Oct. 15-19, 2018
National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program - and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators and other interested parties to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety.
Labor Day Weekend 2018: August 31 – September 3
Simple precautions such as wearing seat belts, staying sober and remaining
alert can help to make this a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend for everyone.
August 17-September 3, 2018
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
National Safety Month Week 4: Driving
Memorial Day Weekend: May 2018
This is one of the three most dangerous driving days of year in the United States. Learn more about the risks and how to manage them:
May 2018 Driver Safety Observances
Three major observances in May, targeted at very specifc at-risk groups.
April 2018 Driver Safety Observances
Even if the weather isn't quite cooperating yet in North America, spring is officially here – and that equals more time on the road with heavier traffic and lots of construction. Check out the resources below for some excellent driving safety tips and reminders.
Sponsored by the American Traffic Safety Services Association
This infographic shows how impaired driving due to alcohol during the holidays would have a similar negative impact in your country.
Winter and Holiday Driving Update
IIt's official - winter is here, and that means driving on snow and ice-covered roads. Review some quick tips to help manage the risk:
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: November 24 - December 31, 2017
Do the right thing and stay sober if you are going to drive during the holiday season - and the rest of the year as well.
National Teen Driver Safety Week: October 15-21
Driver safey is important for everyone all of the time - but teen drivers are particulary at risk. Safe driving practices and skills will "last a lifetime."
Drive Safely Work Week: October 2-6
Work and driving - basically inseperable, aren't they? Driving to work, for work, from work ... all three can put you in some very tiring, frustrating and dangerous situations. Check out these resources to refresh your driving knowledge and good habits and practices.
Child Passenger Safety Week: September 17-23
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ad Council have created a series of compelling child passenger safety public safety ads to help improve awareness of how to keep kids of every age safe.
In addition, don't forget that September 23 is National Seat Check Saturday.
Labor Day 2017: Drive Smart and Stay Safe
The Labor Day weekend traditionally marks the end of the summer driving season, as most people have used their vacation and the kids are back in school. However, this "last road trip" holiday weekend also makes it one of the most dangerous travel periods of the year. The National Safety Council is predicting that it could be one of the most dangerous since 2008, with the possibility for more than 400 fatalities.
The good news is that there is a lot that you can do to avoid becoming a statistic, so learn more about the facts and some great safety tips in the NSC's Labor Day 2017 blog post.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign runs from August 18 - September 3.
Did you know that an average of 10,000 people dying each year as a result of drunk driving? Or that this number increased 3.2 percent between 2014 and 2015?
Drunk driving remains a cricial drivery safety issue, so please be proactive about helping anyone who is impaired to avoid getting behind the wheel.
Hopefully everyone had a safe, fun and relaxing Fourth of July, which typically sees a lot of traffic on the roads. Unfortunately, this also makes it the deadliest day of the year for drivers.
As a reminder that any holiday can put drivers at risk, check out this short article from the National Safety Council. The statistics are shocking and the safety tips are applicable every time you get behind the wheel – not just on holidays.
National Safety Month Update
Two new items worth highlighting:
GO ORANGE – Pennsylvania's Construction Safety Zone Awareness Campaign
Drive2Win – A website based on a free app that encourages users to avoid distracted driving behaviors (reader submission).
June is National Safety Month
There are many important safety topics that the National Safety Council is working to promote this month (and are well worth checking out), but the most relevant to this site is the "Safety on the Road" campaign.
It contains lots of great information, particuarly some compelling facts about multitasking that may surpise you!
Watch Out For Your Fellow Travellers On Two Wheels
As highlighted with last month's National Work Zone Awareness Week observance, it's critical to pay attention to the safety of those who are working to maintain roads and highways.
In a similar vein, motorcyclists and bicyclists (who are expected to be as careful as those on four wheels) are often harder to see for most motorists and run a high risk of injury in the event of a mishap. So everyone needs to watch out for each other and responsibly share the road.
Spring Into Safe Driving
April is the month most associated with Spring; in the U.S., this generally means warmer weather, rain, more driving – and lots of road construction and repair.