Weather conditions can be unpredictable at times. A bright, beautiful afternoon could turn rainy in minutes. When days get shorter, you could find yourself commuting to or from work in darkness. Following some basic safety tips while driving can help keep your family safe.
National Safety Council
Centers for Disease Control
Distracted driving claimed 3,522
lives in 2021
Over-the-counter allergy drugs can have side effects or interact with other medications to diminish your driving ability.
Stay in your car, put bright markers on the antenna or windows and turn on the dome light. Clear the exhaust pipe and run it just enough to stay warm if needed.
Wet leaves can be as slippery as ice.
Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. Help keep your kids safe by using a car seat or booster seat appropriate for their age. Make sure it is installed properly and register it with the manufacture so you will be notified of any recalls or safety issues.
Never leave a child alone in a vehicle.
Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Centers for Disease Control websites for more tips and information.
Keep a flashlight, jumper cables, abrasive material (sand, kitty litter, floor mats), shovel, snow brush, ice scraper, warning devices like flares, and blankets in your car. For long trips consider bringing food, water, medication, a cell phone and charger.
For more ideas visit www.redcross.org/