Motor Vehicle Safety Toolbox Talk

It's always good to refresh on general motor vehicle safety, even if they're being operated outside of the construction site.

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Motor Vehicle Safety Talk

Vehicle crashes are a leading cause of fatalities on and off the job. It is important to always drive safely when you are operating a moving vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in the US there were approximately 6.45 million car accidents that occurred, with police reports in 2017.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the leading cause of workplace injuries was from automobile crashes. There are many instances when automobile accidents leave people unable to continue with their job or even work at all anymore. This is a situation that can put you and your family in a very bad situation, not able to earn an income.

Making Safe Driving Choices

The impact that a car accident can have on your family financially and emotionally is tremendous. When an employee is involved in a wreck on or off the job, it affects the business as well. Everyone should make it a habit to make safe driving habits choices anytime behind the wheel of a car.

Focus

When you are driving, your only focus should be on the road ahead of you. No other devices, people, or things should be capturing your attention. Things such as cell phones, make-up, or even eating should not be done while the car is moving. Distracted driving is one of the main causes of accidents.

Be Tidy

A dirty car is a hazard to you in many ways. If your windows and mirrors are dirty, it can obstruct your view from the road. Lots of items such as trash, water bottles, books, or other things in your car can cause harm to you if you were to be in an accident. It is best to always try and have only what you need in your car while driving.

Aware

A defensive driver is a good driver. When you are driving, you should always know what you would do or where you would go if something goes wrong. Having a plan is part of what can help you in those split seconds you have to react. Having a plan of how you are going to react can be what saves your life.

Safety

There are seat belts in a car for a reason and they should be used at all times when the car is moving. According to the statistics recorded by the National Highway Traffic Safety, your chances of injuries in a crash are reduced by 50% when you are wearing your seatbelt. Anyone who is in the car should be wearing one as well.

Distance

The general rule of thumb when operating a vehicle is to stay 3 to 4 seconds behind the car in front of you. By doing this, you are giving yourself enough time to stop in case they do so abruptly. Hitting someone from behind can cause a lot of damage and even injuries to you or them.

How To Be A Defensive Driver

As mentioned above, being an aware and observant driver is what it means to be defensive. Having a plan of action should anything abruptly happen. There are a few simple rules that you can follow to make this happen.

Look Ahead

Always be looking ahead. When driving, you are looking out the windshield, but you should always be looking ahead past the car in front of you in addition. That way you are observing what is going on ahead of you and can adequately prepare yourself.

Blind Spot

Every car has blind spots, but they are all in different areas. It depends on the type of car that you are driving. You should always familiarize yourself with where they are when you first get into the car. That way you know to be extra aware and careful.

Adjust Your Speed

Be cautious and always adjust your speed appropriately at intersections. You never know when someone is going to speed through a red light or stop sign. Looking and possibly even slowing your speed can help you to be prepared if someone else is breaking the driving laws.

Watch Your Distance

Watch your distance. Following too closely to cars can result in your hitting them from behind. Most of the time, whoever is in the back is the responsible party for the accident when it comes to police reports. If you keep a safe distance from other cars, you will be able to fully stop in time in case of an emergency.

Minimize Distractions

Try to be as focused as possible on the road and not on other things going on in the car. Don’t hold cell phones, make-up, try to eat, or even turn around to look at people in the back seat. Minimizing all distractions and making your main focus on the road ahead of you is the best way to be safe while driving.

Safety Features On A Vehicle

When you are driving a company vehicle, you are most likely covered under their insurance. Hopefully, you will not have to worry about ever being in an accident in the company car, but things like that do happen from time to time. There are safety features that should be in all cars that are being driven, such as:

  • Airbags
  • Tractions control
  • Antilock brakes
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Electronic stability control
  • The seatbelts that are in the vehicle is also a safety feature. It should be worn at all times when the car is being operated, not to mention it is the law. All of these features have their own function in helping to make the car as safe as it can be.

    Never Drive Without Identification

    When you are operating a car, you should always have the correct identification on you. There are also other papers that you may be in need of in case of an accident or getting pulled over. Licensed, registration, and insurance cards should always be somewhere that you can find and easily access them. Those are things that you can get a ticket for if you don’t have them on you when asked.

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