RESPECT THE RIDE
Motor Vehicle Crashes are the leading cause of death for 16 to 24 year olds. And in fact one of the leading reasons of death throughout life! Some of the key factors involved in North Carolina crashes are driver inexperience, driver distractions, driving too fast for conditions, and improper or careless driving.
General Traffic Safety Tips
Don’t drink and drive. Designate a Driver ( Drinking under the age of 21 is illegal)
Avoid sedating medications- check the labels on prescriptions or check with your doctor
Never text while you are driving, it’s the law. Did you know one of the biggest driving distractions that causes crashes for new drivers is eating while driving?
Obey the speed limit. Going too fast gives you less time to react. Speed limits are developed to keep people safe based on the road you are driving, obey them.
Plan ahead, know where you are going and how to get there before you leave. If new to the area, drive common routes before under pressure to get to places to know the risks and conditions on those roads.
Leave early and plan enough time to get to your destination
Always expect the unexpected- the most useful tool in driving is being able to scan for hazards and anticipate other drivers decision making.
Get enough sleep, most adults need 7 to 9 hours to maintain full alertness during the day
Schedule breaks if your driving long distances – about every 100 miles or 2 hours and arrange for a travel companion if possible.
Practice driving in many conditions when you are a driver less than five years, practice is a protective factor.
Tips compiled from national resources by Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention. These tips and information do not guarantee the prevention of death or injury and should not be the only source of information used.
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