Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Our Death Denying Culture...

A friend shares this quote:

"Our death-denying culture has life-denying consequences."

On average, over 90 loved ones die each day on roadways in the U.S.  That's over 33,000 deaths each year, most of which could have been prevented by practicing several behaviors to keep ourselves and others safe on and along roadways. When we do not put these behaviors into practice, it is as if we are denying that death can actually happen due to a traffic incident - that's what leads to life-denying consequences.

When we acknowledge that death is a possible result of driving, we open the opportunity to make life-preserving decisions, thereby affirming our commitment to keep the living alive inside our own vehicles as well as all others traveling on and around roadways of all kinds.

What do these life-preserving behaviors look like?

Before starting a motor vehicle...

...walk around your vehicle to make sure there are no kids playing behind or around it.


...hide your cell phone - where you can't reach it - so that it does not serve as a distraction as you drive (remember when no one had to worry about doing this? Cell phone use while driving is becoming the new "Drunk Driving")

Which reminds us once again...

…never drink and drive

Once you are in your vehicle...

...buckle up every trip, and expect all passengers to do so as well, no matter the distance of the trip. Remember, unbuckled passengers can serve as "backseat bullets" careening all over your vehicle in the event of a crash.

...stop at stop signs and taking 3 seconds to look left, look right, look left again - work hard to make sure the street really is clear of other moving vehicles, pedestrians trying to cross, and cyclists making their way along roadways.

stop to make sure intersections and crosswalks are clear before making lefthand or righthand turns at traffic signals

observe the speed limit, and drive slower when weather conditions or the presence of children at play, pedestrians, and cyclists dictate doing so.

...be a thinker and use your blinker to signal all turns and lane changes.

create 3-4 seconds of following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you so you have time to react to the driving actions of others.

Repetitive practice of all these behaviors, and more, is what helps us improve our driving skills each day, and keeps us in life-preserving mode. None of us will ever be the perfect driver. Yet, if we are driven to be a "life-preserver" each time we get behind the wheel, we can make the life-giving difference each and every trip.

It's About Kids! It's About Safety! 
It's About Caring! It's About Time!®

Safe travels,

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