Car Safety Week in the UK highlights the increasing importance of safety and road awareness…and is actively promoted each year from Jan. 27th to Feb. 2nd. It’s a cause and tradition that the US and the rest of the world might be wise to consider too…as the annual statistics on auto collisions and fatalities continue to rise. Car Safety Week seeks to remind and educate drivers on how to minimize the risks of being behind the wheel …whether it’s the fact that more and more cyclists are competing for road space with fellow car and truck drivers, or more preventable tragedies like drunk drivers and even lack of regular vehicle maintenance…even simple tips for making sure your vehicle is as safe as it can be while on the road.
Regular engine checks will help ensure your vehicle is in safe condition for driving. Routine brake and brake fluid levels checks are vital to your vehicle’s basic maintenance…and crucial for your everyday driving safety. Simple tire checks also play an extremely important role in increasing driver safety…and help keep fuel costs down too.
Child Car Seat Safety
If you drive around with children in your car it’s your responsibility, as the driver, to know the car seat laws in your state. It’s a sad fact, but four out of five child car seats are used incorrectly. Having a certified technician to check your child’s car seat installation is highly recommended.
Parental concern for the safety of your children is always of paramount importance from infant car seat is installed through to the day they graduate to no-car-seat. If you are purchasing or using a second-hand seat, make sure it still complies with the manufactures safety standards. Never use child car seats in the front seat of your vehicle and always dispose of if it have been in a crash.
Driving while Fatigued
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety performed safety studies that found when drivers get less than five hours sleep…they’re four to five times more likely to get in a car crash. It’s also been determined that driver alertness is more related to the ‘time of day’ than the ‘time-on-task’. That basically means drivers are less alert at night, especially after midnight. Driving for extended periods enhances the body’s natural drowsiness even more.
Get sufficient amount of sleep before driving (at least six hours but eight hours is recommended). Beware of medications that induce drowsiness and limit your drive time on the road between midnight and 6am…if at all possible. Schedule breaks every two hours…simply take turns driving or even take public transportation.
As the above video states in it’s final seconds…”Other People make mistakes…Slow Down“. As humans, we all make mistakes. Though we can’t control what other people do on the streets and freeways, whether it’s innocent children who may run out in front of you to grab a ball, to the reckless or simply inexperienced young driver, we can all be more proactive drivers…keeping vigilant to avoid the avoidable potential accidents that cross our path everyday.
How? Back to basics, every time you get behind the wheel. Always wearing a seat belt and taking the speed limit seriously…for starters.