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June 28, 2013

National Safety Month: Driving safety

Submitted by Lisa Linck

National Safety Month is almost over. As a bonus this year, the National Safety Council is offering special tips for driving safety. Summer is a time when many choose to travel to their favorite vacation spots. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most dangerous times of year for driving. As we close out National Safety Month, remember that getting to and from destinations safely should be the number one priority. 

Have a summer excursion planned? Consider the following before hitting the road:

  • Make sure your vehicle is up-to-date with maintenance requirements -- tire rotations, oil changes, battery checks, etc.
  • Prepare an emergency kit for your car, including water, non-perishable food and a first aid kit
  • Avoid common driving distractions by putting your cell phone in the back seat so you won't be tempted to check it
  • Bring games for young children to keep them occupied during long car rides
  • Schedule frequent breaks throughout your trip to avoid drowsy driving

Do you think you can multitask? 

Distracted driving certainly includes texting, but what many people don't realize is that a cell phone conversation while driving, regardless of hands-free technology, is also very dangerous. With more people on the road during the summer, the National Safety Council shares this infographic to prevent the dangers that can occur due to the use of cell phones behind the wheel. 

Children and hot cars: A deadly combination

A car doesn't have to be moving for it to be dangerous. The stories about children whose lives were lost after becoming trapped inside of a hot vehicle have become far too common tragedies that change the lives of parents, families and communities forever.

Please take the following precautions to prevent heatstroke incidents from occurring:

  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle --even if the windows are open
  • Make a habit of looking in the front and back of your vehicle before locking the door and walking away
  • Do things that serve as a reminder that a child is in the vehicle, such as placing a purse or briefcase in the back seat

For more information about keeping your family safe this summer, click here.

Video offers ergo tips for truck drivers

Vancouver, British Columbia – The Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia has released a new video highlighting the importance of ergonomic health for truck drivers.

Truck drivers sit for extended periods of time, which can put stress on a person’s lower back and increase the risk of injury. To help reduce the risk of back injury, the video suggests truck drivers:

  • Recline the seat back to 90 degrees while still being able to safely reach the wheel and controls.
  • Ensure the lower spine has adequate support, using a support device if necessary.
  • Adjust mirrors to ensure they can be seen without slouching or twisting.
  • Take a break to walk around at least every two hours of continuous sitting.
  • Use the steps and keep both hands on the handrails when exiting the vehicle. Jumping out of the cab causes the body to absorb up to 8 times a person’s body weight in force.

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