Did you know that June is National Safety Month? It’s true, and every
year to mark the occasion, the National Safety Council calls attention
to several of the major safety issues that are impacting us as a nation.
This year’s agenda features a lot of helpful information, including
information on one of the biggest problems that plagues both workplace
and driver safety: fatigue. The second week of June is called “Recharge
to Be In Charge,” focusing on the negative effects that fatigue
can have on someone.
Fatigue is a serious problem for any driver. While we all know how dangerous
drunk driving is, what most people don’t realize is that driving
tired has similar effects to driving drunk. Some studies have even shown
that going 24 hours without sleep has the same effects on your driving
as having a .10 blood alcohol level!
This is particularly dangerous when you consider those who have to drive
for a living. Taxi cab drivers, delivery drivers, and even commercial
truck operators are all constantly battling with fatigue, and being tired
behind the wheel could lead to a serious accident and major injuries.
The NSC has also made a conscious effort to try to combat other serious
driving problems, including emphasizing the only true way to improve the
chances of a safe trip: defensive driving. Driving defensively simply
means operating your vehicle in a way that anticipates other drivers making
a mistake and giving them the leeway to do so. Defensive driving is essentially
expecting another driver to cut you off in traffic or pull out in front of you without
looking. Good defensive driving habits include following the speed limit,
signaling lane changes, and increasing your following distance to allow
other drivers to make these mistakes.
Companies who have employees that drive as part of their job could benefit
greatly from defensive driving training, both in the number of accidents
they experience and in their insurance premiums. Teaching employees to
drive defensively also encourages them to do away with distractions while
on the road, notably cell phones, which even with a hands-free device
are far more dangerous and distracting than driving alone.
Finally, the NSC has also made significant strides towards educating parents
on the dangers associated with teen drivers. By encouraging teens to get
into good habits now, parents could even be helping to save their lives
in the future.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident during National
Safety Month? A South Bend car accident attorney can help you secure the
compensation you deserve! Call Wruble Law Group today at (574) 281-0142 for a
free case evaluation and start reviewing your options.