We may take a simple drive to work for granted. But being safe behind the wheel should never be taken for granted. The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) has designated this week, October 7-11, 2013, as “Drive Safely Work Week”. Each year, this organization uses this week in October to remind drivers that being safe on their way to work is not only good for those who are on the road, but it is also good for business. Part of the campaign is to encourage employers to make traffic safety a part of their overall safety plan, and to help remind workers that safety extends well beyond the work place doors.
The campaign this year is taking a more holistic approach to the safety message. Employees who are at their physical and mental best, as well as remembering the “health” of their motor vehicle, can all lead to safer travel to and from a place of employment. Drivers should make sure they get enough rest, have regular eye exams, and use breaks at work to help sustain their energy and focus. The term “impaired driving” can be used for exhaustion as well as alcohol or drug impairment. When a driver is tired, distractions may also have more of an impact than for those drivers who are well rested and can stay focused.
Keeping your motor vehicle “healthy” is also an important part of the traffic safety message. Have brakes inspected, and have them repaired when needed. Make your vehicle visible by keeping headlights, tail lights, and signals in good working order. Finally, keep an emergency kit ready in your vehicle in case you do break down along the roadway.
As Autumn approaches, and daylight hours decrease, it is important to make sure these tips are followed for making your drive to and from work a safe one. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration works with a variety of organizations to make sure that drivers put safety first each and every time they are behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov for a variety of ways that you can improve your safety anytime you take to the road.