Driving safety a must in winter weather

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

As transportation incidents continue to be the number one cause of on-the-job deaths in the U.S., we offer driving tips to help motorists navigate safely on our roads, especially during severe weather conditions.

During inclement weather drivers are urged to be even more cautious when driving, not only for their passengers and themselves, but for fellow travelers and the thousands of workers whose vehicles are their office, such as law enforcement personnel, firefighters, emergency responders, post office workers, truck drivers, utility workers and more. Adverse weather

conditions reduce roadway safety, capacity and efficiency, and are often the catalyst for triggering congestion.

In the U.S. each year, approximately 7,000 roadway deaths and 450,000 injuries are associated with poor weather-related driving conditions. It is reported that weather plays a role in approximately 28 percent of all crashes and accounts for 20 percent of all roadway fatalities.

In addition to the intangible toll these crashes cause, the economic toll of weather-related deaths, injuries and delays is estimated at $42 billion per year.

Some of the leading causes of fatal roadway crashes are failure to keep in the proper lane or running off the road; driving too fast for conditions or in excess of the posted speed limit; driving under the influence; failure to yield the right of way; distracted driving such as eating behind the wheel, texting and/or cell phone use; operating in an erratic/reckless manner; and, failure to obey traffic signs, signals.

Motorists, please obey our traffic laws and consider and employ all safety factors before you drive your vehicle anywhere. As they say, the life you save may be your own.