2015 is on pace to be the deadliest driving year since 2007, according to a National Safety Council’s press release. A stronger economy, lower gas prices and unemployment rates isn’t all good news it turns out.
With more vehicles on the road, traffic deaths are 14 percent higher per National Safety Council’s (NSC) estimates. Serious injuries are 30 percent higher. The spike in these deaths and injuries ultimately spikes the cost to drivers. NSC calculates the bill for traffic deaths, injuries, and property damage is $152 billion.
Who pays for this? You. If you notice an increase in your auto premiums, it will no longer be a mystery.
How can we turn 2015 into our friendliest driving year?
Follow these NSC’s key recommendations, and help keep each other safe:
- Drive defensively;
- Make sure every passenger buckles up on every trip;
- Designate an alcohol- and drug-free driver or arrange alternate transportation when partying;
- Get plenty of sleep and take regular breaks to avoid fatigue;
- Never use a cell phone behind the wheel, even hands-free; or text while driving;
- Stay engaged in teens’ driving habits. Teens are three times as likely to crash as more experienced drivers;
- Learn how to properly use your cars safety features.
Keep these tips in mind whenever you drive. #besafe