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Safety On The Highways
by Carasue Moody

It seems sometimes when we are driving on the highways it is like being on a NASCAR track. Drivers are weaving, honking, slowing down and speeding up, texting, talking on the phone. And then there is the road rage issue. We have to be constantly aware of our surroundings but there are those who don’t abide by any rules of the road.

There are signs that another driver is distracted and we should be aware.

1) Drifting or swerving from a lane

2) Sudden braking in reaction to normal traffic stops

3) Running red lights

4) Following too closely

5) Stopping longer than necessary at traffic stops

6) Driving much slower or faster than normal traffic conditions.

7) Vehicle is full of passengers – especially kids

8) Driver is looking around, moving head rapidly – they are lost

9) Driver’s head is looking down – texting

10) Driver’s hand is up to the side of their head – talking on their phone.

Some ways to prevent a crash are:

Look inside the other vehicle and watch for warning signs.

Slow down and stay further away so you can maneuver, if needed

Always expect the other driver to do the unexpected.

There is also the great debate about the use of seat belts. So many could have survived an accident if only they had used their seat belt.

NWRA issued the myths and truths about seat belt use:


If your vehicle has airbags you don’t need a seat belt.


The safest way to ride is buckled up, in a vehicle equipped with airbags


If you’re not going far or traveling fast seat belts aren’t necessary


Seemingly routine trips can be deceptively dangerous. Most fatal crashes happen within 25 miles from home and at speeds of less than 40 mph


Being in a truck makes you safer than everyone else


For large truck, SUV, pickup and van occupants, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to the driver and front seat passenger by 60 percent


Your seat belt can hurt you in a crash


In a crash, everything in your car can cause you harm – your seat belt is one of the few things that can actually save you.