Tips to protect you and your family on the road.
Knowing the dangers
Taking trips with your family can become some of your best memories, but there are risks out on the road. That’s why it’s important to know the most common dangers you will face – and how to avoid them.
Here are a few statistics to consider:
- Rear-end collisions accounted for 29% of accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- According to the NHTSA, there were 33,561 highway deaths in 2012. Of those deaths, 3.328 were the result of distraction-affected crashes.
- Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) reports that teens spend 44% more time behind the wheel during the summer than during the school year, which can mean more danger for others on the road.
Additionally, the National Safety Council (NSC) states that speed is a factor in one out of every three fatal crashes.
Summer brings a few additional concerns while you are on the road – traveling with children, long drives and watching out for motorcyclists. It’s important to slow down, keep your eyes on the road and be aware of any hazards so that you and your family are safe.
Tips to stay safe while driving
With the dangers of collisions, distracted driving and speeding, we offer tips to make sure you have safe travels this summer:
- Keep your distance: By not traveling too closely to other cars, you can help prevent rear-end collisions. This is especially true for motorcycles since they stop in shorter distances.
- Avoid distracted driving: This includes texting, eating and drinking. Make sure to adjust your GPS, sound systems and other in-vehicle technologies before driving.
- Take breaks: If you are on a long car ride, stop for food or beverages, take breaks to stretch your legs and consider staying overnight at a stop along the way.
- Check car seats: If you are traveling with children, make sure car seats and booster seats are properly installed and children are in the appropriate car seats.
- Wear your seatbelt: Wear a seatbelt at all times for the best protection on any car trip. In 2012, the NHTSA reported that an additional 3,031 lives could have been saved by wearing seatbelts.