Activities to Promote Safe Driving
Traffic accidents kill young drivers and their passengers more than any other age group, partly because kids don't have the experience that older drivers have and also because kids do mindless things when they drive, sometimes due to peer pressure or just lack of awareness. Distractions such as cell phones, eating, grooming, talking, texting and fiddling with the radio can cause automobile crashes. Wearing seat belts can save lives in accidents. Driver education and practice make safe drivers. To promote safe driving at your high school or transportation business, plan safe-driving activities that call attention to these facts. 1.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), distracted-driving accidents killed 5,474 people and injured approximately 448,000 more in 2009. Encourage your employees or students to pledge that they won't drive while distracted. This means no text-messaging, talking on the phone, eating, grooming, watching videos or fiddling with maps, radios or friends while driving. You can focus your group's pledge around just one of these distractions, such as texting. Dedicate a wall or display case to your pledge, and personalize the pledges, giving urgency to those who make the pledge. When a new person takes the pledge, put her picture up in the case. Or have her sign her name to a car-shaped piece of paper and post it on a wall. Demolished Vehicle
Park a demolished vehicle in the parking lot of your business or school campus. Allow employees and students to see the dire consequences of unsafe driving behaviors such as drinking and driving, not paying attention to the road or driving at extreme speeds. To make sure drivers truly get the message about unsafe driving, invite a member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to give a speech in front of the totaled vehicle about the importance of good decision-making and safe driving practices. Golf Cart Driving Course
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