Summertime is here. It’s carefree, hot, and full of fun activities for everyone. Unfortunately it’s also full of deadly risks on our roadways. During the summer months fatalities on Utah roads double, and it’s earned the summer the title of Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days. Zero Fatalities is an organization doing it’s part to raise awareness and decrease fatalities during the 2017 summer season. What does Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days mean for you?
Staying Safe During Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days
- Talk & Share. It’s critical that every member of your family understand the risks on the road – especially teens and young adult drivers. It can’t hurt to share a video or promotional image to remind people to be safe.
- Get Your ZZZZs. Overtired drivers (those who slept 6 or fewer hours) are up to 3x more likely to be involved in an accident. Get the sleep you need before a trip, and stop to take a nap if you feel drowsy or tired.
- Slow Down. In almost half of crashes speed was a factor for one or more parties. Teens are particularly susceptible and more likely to speed. Even if you’re a safe driver, your speed can harm yourself and others if you’re hit by a bad driver. It’s not a bad idea to make it a point to slow down this summer.
- Buckle Up. If you’re involved in a car accident without a seatbelt you have a 50% chance of dying. It’s a terrifying statistic for a very easy fix. Insist that everyone you know and love wears a seatbelt and you just might save their life.
- No Distractions. About 25% of accidents are due to a distracted driver. This might mean texting, talking on the phone, fiddling with the radio or music, reaching for something you’ve dropped, eating, or other distractions. Keep your eyes on the road.
- Along with driving when you’re well-rested, avoiding long drives during rush hour or busy weekend road trip times can decrease your chances of an accident.
- Pull Off. Listen to your intuition. If you are feeling unsafe on the roadways, you’re tired, you need to call or text, the weather is getting wet or windy, or you just have a feeling you should take a break – take a break! Pull off the nearest exit and stop for gas, a drink, or lunch. When in doubt, remove yourself from the risk. You’ll never regret being extra safe.
This summer you can travel healthy and safe. Be extra aware of your surroundings, even if you’re a safe driver doing everything right. Showing a little extra care and attention can save the lives of others during Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days. We hope your summer is full of happy memories and safe driving!