Each year in the United States, more than 1 million people die in motor
vehicle accidents. While the number is staggering, there are steps you
can take to limit your risk.
Read on for a look at what you can do to protect yourself and others when
you’re on the road.
In Delaware, nearly 150 pedestrians have been killed while crossing a road
in the last five years. To avoid becoming a part of the statistic, you
need to be cautious whether you’re the pedestrian or the driver.
If you’re walking along a road, make certain that you’re visible
at all times. This is especially important if you’re walking at
night—wear reflective clothing. It’s important to use sidewalks
wherever available and to cross the road only at crosswalks. If there
is no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic as far off the road as possible.
If you’re driving, slow down when you’re in an area that has
many pedestrians—and always keep an eye open for people who are
walking or biking.
Slow Down and Buckle Up
There’s a reason speed limits exist. Those limits are chosen as the
fastest speed for you to drive safely. When you’re driving, be sure
to follow posted speed limits. Exceeding the speed limit can be dangerous
for you and those around you.
Wearing your seatbelt is another important aspect of road safety. Doing
so increases your chances of surviving a crash by nearly 50 percent.
Have you ever thought about
why seatbelts are so important? Consider this: If you crash while not wearing
a seatbelt at 30 mph, it would feel like you had been rammed by a rhino.
Why take the chance? Buckle up.
If you plan on drinking alcohol at a party or event, find a safe ride home
in advance. Whether you choose a designated driver or arrange for a cab,
the important thing is to have someone else drive.
No drink is worth a life.
What’s even more dangerous than a drunk driver? One who’s using
the phone. All it takes is looking away from driving for a few seconds
for tragedy to strike.
In the five seconds you look down at your phone to text, your car can travel
the length of a football field—plenty of distance for an accident to occur.
When you’re in the car, put the phone down.
As a provisional Level III Trauma Center, Saint Francis Healthcare wants
to keep you safe and prevent accidents. Click here
to learn about our state designation and what it means for trauma victims.