2021

July is Vehicle Theft Prevention Month 

 

Did you know that over 700,000 drivers are a victim of vehicle theft each year?  

 

Yes, we watch where we park and lock our vehicles, but it's one of those things that most

people think "won't happen to me."

 

To reduce the likelihood of vehicle theft, visit the official NHTSA Vehicle Theft Prevention Page.

 

 

Two Wheels or Four Wheels: Safety Matters!

 

May is focused on how motorcyclists, bicyclists and motorists all share responsibility for traffic safety. 

May is Motorcycle Safety Month

 

Learn more on the official NHTSA website 

 

 

May is National Bike Month

 

Learn more from the The League of American Bicyclists 

 

 

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

 

The theme for Distracted Driving Awareness Month 2021 is "Just Drive" — 

a simple yet critically important message. 

 

Learn more from the National Safety Council.

 

 

Don't Drive Distracted - EVER!

If you use your cell phone while driving, you’re taking your eyes off the road.

 

Distracted driving can be deadly.

 

#JustDrive 

If your driver is distracted or doing something dangerous, you have the right to speak up!

 

You and everyone else on the road should get home safely.

  
#JustDrive

Multitasking is a myth.

 

Never drive and use your phone at the same time.

 

It’s not worth a crash.

 

#JustDrive 

A dangerous distraction is coming from inside your own car – your cell phone!


Get set up when you get in your car because  your life is worth more than any call, text or playlist. 

 

#JustDrive

Distracted Driving Prevention Videos

Distractions can be deadly. Set up your car before you start your trip, then #JustDrive.

 

Learn more from the National Safety Council.

“For your life, your passengers, or for those around you on the road, put your phone down.”

 

Distracted driving took Camryn, Michelle Lunsford’s only child.

 

Michelle’s message: A bad decision can cost you your life. #JustDrive.

 

Learn more from the National Safety Council.

Recommended Websites

DistractedDriverAccidents.com

 

Visit this excellent resource to learn more about a topic that impacts everyone’s safety – distracted driving.  

 

Distacted Driving Can Happen During Any Season

 

Spring is almost here, but distracted driving doesn't have a season - it can take anytime. 

Did you know? At 55 miles per hour, sending or reading a text is like driving the length

of a football field with your eyes closed.  

 

CDC's Distracted Driving Resource Page

Coronavirus Information

 

The official U.S. resource for news and updates on the Coronavirus (COVID 19):

 

Coronavirus.gov

Remember to Stay Safe in December

 

The holiday season is upon us once again, and we're all looking forward to a little holiday cheer after a challenging 2020.

However, along with the good times comes heightened responsibility for drivers, which means remaining vigilant, unimpaired and undistracted on the roads. Not to mention that we're supposed to be staying at home as much as possible … 

 

Check out the important reminders below and please share these important messages.

 

Wishing everyone a joyous, prosperous, happy — and most importantly — SAFE holiday season!

 

2020

"Tie One On For Safety": Nov. 1-Dec. 31

 

According to the NSC, car accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities rise during holidays/holiday seasons — and alcohol can play a major role.

 

Visit the MADD “Tie One On For Safety” page to learn how you can help to address this issue.    

 

 

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week: Nov. 1-8

 

We've all done it; driving home after a long day at work, a late night, pushing to reach a destination  or even a short trip when we're just a little tired. 

 

Check out DrowsyDriving.org for specific information on risks and prevention, and visit SleepFoundation.org for a wealth of information on the importance of good sleep — and how to get it. 

 

 

2020 National School Bus Safety Week: October 19-23

 

1. Obey all traffic laws and signals when near a school bus.

2. Watch for children - they are not always aware of traffic.

 

Visit the National School Bus Safety week page to learn more.

 

National Teen Driver Safety Week: October 18-24

 

Driving is serious business for all drivers, but teens are particularly at risk. In fact, did you know that crashes are still the leading cause of teen deaths? 

 

Visit the official NHTSA resource page to learn how to educate and protect teen drivers. 

 

 

October is Car Safety Month

 

Is your vehicle ready for the harsh winter weather and driving conditions? 

 

Visit the official BeCareCareAware page for resources and a downloadable checklist.

 

 

October Is National Pedestrian Safety Month

 

Pedestrians and drivers share a mutual responsibility to look out for each other; remember, "Everyone is a Pedestrian."

 

Visit the official NHTSA resource page for driver and pedestrian tips. 

 

 

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: Aug. 19-23

 

Did you know? Drunk driving is a deadly epidemic that takes the lives of more than 10,000 people each year, on average.

 

We all know the dangers posed by drunk and impaired driving, so let’s make sure that we are all part of the solution. Take responsibility for your actions and try to help others who may not be making safe choices.

 

Learn more about the dangers of drunk driving from the National Traffic Safety Administration. 

National Stop on Red Week: Aug. 2-8

 

Did you know? Between 2004-2018, an estimated 11,877 people were killed in crashes related to red-light running according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2018, 846 people were killed, and an estimated 139,000 were injured in crashes involving red-light running. IIHS found that about half of red-light running crash deaths involve pedestrians, cyclists and occupants in vehicles struck by the red-light runners.

 

Learn more about the “Stop on Red” initiative sponsored by the National Coalition for Safer Roads. Obeying all signals and signs is a simple thing that can prevent injury ... or worse.

June is National Safety Month

 

Distracted driving is one of the National Safety Council’s four focus topics for 2020

 

National Work Zone Awareness Week: April 20-24

 

A great way to remind everyone of the importance of keeping road workers and users safe. We're in this together!

 

National Work Zone Safety Awareness Website

May 2020 Safety Observances

 

Global Youth Traffic Safety Month

 

Motorcycle Safety Month

 

2019

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:   

 

Study: The most dangerous places to be driving on New Year’s Eve

11 Tips for a Safe and Fun New Year’s Eve

Important Road Safety Tips for New Year’s Eve

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.  

 

Learn more about Older Driver Safety Awareness Week.

 

Holiday Reminder: Impaired Driving

 

Visit the U.S. Department of Transportation's "Drive Sober" and Traffic Safety Marketing websites for information that can help you and your family, friends and relatives prevent death or injury and stay safe during the holiday season. 

 

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? 

 

 

Learn more about Drowsy Driving Prevention Week.

 

National School Bus Safety Week: Oct. 21-25

 

It's everyone's responsiblityincluding students to help promote and maintain school bus safety. 

 

This year's theme is "My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation!" 

 

 

 

Learn more about National School Bus Safety Week.

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. 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about Teen Driver Safety Week.

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? 

 

Learn more about Child Passenger Safety Week.

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."

 

 

Learn more about the NHTSA's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

 

View TSM's information on Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

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.

 

Learn more about Stop on Red Week 2009

 

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.

 

 

Learn more from the NHTSA about vehicle theft prevention.

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. 

 

Check out the NSC's Week #4 links to learn more.  

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.

 

Learn more and access free materials to share.  

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

wheel. 

Drowsy Drivers are Dangerous Drivers

 

Driving at Night: Dangers of Drowsy/Fatigued/Tired Driving 

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. 

 

2018

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!

 

Read the National Safety Council’s Holiday Travel Tips

 

 

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 

“Stress-Free Guide to Thanksgiving Travel” from Erie Insurance.

 

 

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. 

 

Additional information:  

 

National Safety Council: Drowsy Driving is Impaired Driving

 

Top 4 Fall Driving Hazards (And How to Handle Them)

 

 

Read Erie Insurance's tips on how to stay safe on the road this fall.

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. 

 

Visit the National Teen Driver Safety Week “Rules of the Road” campaign webpage to learn more.

 

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. 

 

Visit the National Association for Pupil Transportation to learn more.

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.  

 

Review the National Safety Council's Labor Day Injury Facts

 

 

August 2018

 

 

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

 

August 17-September 3, 2018
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

National Safety Month Week 4: Driving

 

 

Check out the National Safety Council's extensive safe driving resources

 

 

June 2018

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:

 

More Than 400 Roadway Deaths Estimated During Memorial Day Weekend For Second Straight Year

 

5 Memorial Day Driving Safety Tips

 

May 2018 Driver Safety Observances

 

Three major observances in May, targeted at very specifc at-risk groups. 

Global Youth Traffic Safety Month


Sponsored by the National Organizations for Youth Safety

Motorcycle Safety Month

 

Sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

National Bike Month


Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists

 

 

 

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.  

 

 

 

National Work Zone Awareness Week: April 9-13, 2018

Sponsored by the American Traffic Safety Services Association 

 


 

 

Distracted Driving Awareness Month 2018

Sponsored by National Safety Council

 

 

2017

 

 

Drinking and Driving During Christmas in the United Kingdom: Infographic 2017

 

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. 

 

Program information from Traffic Safety Marketing.

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."

 

Resources:

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. 

 

July Update

 

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. 

 

Motorcycle Safety Month

 

National Bike Month

 

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.

 

It’s a great time to remind ourselves to stay focused (National Distracted Driving Awareness Month) and to obey all posted signs in work zone areas (National Work Zone Awareness Week). 

 

 

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