A Holiday Driving Safety Message

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

We received the following Holiday Safety Message at work and want to share it with all my Spark Friends. Be safe this holiday season and be blessed.

Holiday Safety Message

On the eve of the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holiday season, I'm sure allot of you will be traveling around the country and abroad visiting loved ones. While it is a time of joy and renewed contact with friends and family, just a moment of inattention, or an unsafe act or condition, can turn a festive activity into one of tragedy and loss. Based on the nation's transportation experts, more Americans plan to drive over the holiday period due to the increasing price of airfare. As you all know, the driving task has its own set of inherent hazards, not to mention the fact that it gets dark much quicker during the fall/winter months, increasing the potential for mishaps.

Did you know that traffic death rates are three times greater at night than during the day? Yet, many people are unaware of the hazards of night driving or don’t know how to mitigate them. I would like to share with you all a few safety tips you all should use while driving at night. These tips are useful for both on and off duty ICE employees.

emoticon Prepare the car for night driving. Clean headlights, taillights, signal lights, and windows at least once a week, more often if necessary.

emoticon Have headlights properly aimed. Misaimed headlights blind other drivers and reduce your ability to see the road.

emoticon When in doubt, turn headlights on. Lights will not help you see better in early twilight, but they’ll make it easier for other drivers to see you. Being seen is as important as seeing.

emoticon Reduce speed and increase following distances. Judging other vehicle’s speeds and distances is more difficult at night.

emoticon Don’t overdrive headlights. You should be able to stop inside the illuminated area. If you’re not, you are creating a blind crash area in the front of your vehicle.

emoticon When following another vehicle, keep headlights on low beam so you don’t blind the driver ahead of you.

emoticon If an oncoming vehicle doesn’t lower beams from high to low, avoid glare by watching the right edge of the road and using it as a steering guide.

emoticon Make frequent stops for light snacks and exercise. If you’re too tried to drive, stop and get some rest.

emoticon If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible. Warn approaching traffic at once by setting up reflecting triangles near your vehicle and 300 feet behind it. Turn on flashers and dome light. Stay off the roadway and get passengers away from the area.

In closing, I would like you all to remember that preparations and celebrations for the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year holiday have begun and brings with them an array of common hazards and risks we are all aware of, i.e., drinking and driving, increased crime, electrical/fire hazards (Christmas tree lighting), etc.. Its my desire that you all enjoy your holiday season, returning to home & SparkPeople refreshed, healthy, and ready to execute the mission of improving yourselves, instead of having to discover that someone was injured or killed due to a senseless and or preventable mishap.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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