Motor Vehicle Safety
|Did you know?
Older adults are at the second highest risk for being involved in a motor vehicle crash (MVC) and that fatal MVC injuries occur three times more often in this age group than in any other?
What can I do to decrease my risk of being involved in a MVC?
- Avoid left turns at busy intersections, especially if there is no turn arrow or signal
- Maintain a safe distance between vehicles
- Always drive the posted speed limit
- Acknowledge and drive according to suggested speeds for dangerous intersections, curves and turns
- When on extended road trips, plan your route, take frequent breaks, stop in safe, well-lit locations and take into
consideration adequate sleep and nutritional needs.
- Minimize distractions
- Avoid talking on cell phone, eating, drinking or driving with your mind on something else other than the road
- Avoid “no zone” areas with semi-trucks and buses
- These zones are areas where a large vehicle may not be able to see you
- Drive according to the weather conditions
- Be extra cautious during inclement weather and “slow down”
Be aware of pedestrians
- Remember pedestrians may not always see you, so see them
- High risk areas include busy intersections, urban areas, shopping centers, crosswalks, neighborhoods and schools
- Always yield to pedestrians
- Never go around or pass a stopped car at an intersection—they may be stopped for a crossing pedestrian
- When making a right turn on red, watch for crossing pedestrians
What else can I do?
Know your own limitations
- Do not drive farther distances from home than you are comfortable with
- Drive on roadways you are comfortable with (city vs. highway)
- Drive only if you are comfortable with driving conditions.
- snow, rain, daylight, overcast, night time, windy
- check weather reports prior to driving or leaving on extended trip
Practice good health strategies
- Do not drink and drive
- Use medications as directed and know side effects that may impair your driving ability
- Get plenty of sleep, exercise and nutrition
- Have routing health, vision and hearing exams
- Report any new problems to your Physician
If you should have car trouble, here are a few tips:
- Dial 911 for any emergency.
- Avoid exiting vehicle until help arrives if possible, if you must exit, exit through passenger side of vehicle.
- Pull your vehicle onto the shoulder of the road, as far off the roadway as possible.
- Turn your hazard lights on.
- Never put yourself between a flat tire and traffic.
- Use caution with strangers.
- Call or signal for help immediately.
- Keep safety equipment and emergency kit in vehicle.
- Keep vehicle doors locked at all times.
Remember…at times when it is difficult for you to drive, family, friends, public transportation, taxi cabs, etc. can be a valuable resource.
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