Motor Vehicle Safety
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of TVF&R emergency responses.
Speeding is a common cause. Exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for road conditions is a factor in most significant injury and fatal crashes. Speeding also reduces a driver's ability to respond to unexpected hazards.
Seat Belts & Child Safety Seats
- Seat belts provide the greatest protection against ejection.
- 75% of individuals ejected from a car are killed
- Protect your children by installing child safety seats and using them properly.
- Driving while intoxicated is one of the most frequently committed crimes in the United States. Intoxicated drivers kill thousands of people each year.
- Do not get behind the wheel if you have been drinking or doing drugs.
- Take a taxi or rideshare (Uber and Lyft) or use public transportation.
- Follow bad weather precautions. Rain, ice, or snow can impact stopping distance and reduce visibility.
- Maintain good visibility by removing ice and snow from all windows before driving.
- Turn on your headlights so other motorists can see you.
- Keep your battery charged.
- Check the tread on your tires and replace if necessary.
- Carry traction devices if traveling in inclement weather.
- Keep no-freeze fluid in the washer reservoir.
- Check antifreeze levels.
Carry Emergency Supplies
- Warning devices (flares)
- Jumper cables
- Fire extinguisher
- Blankets (or floor mats and newspapers)
Find more information about highway safety on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.