Motor Vehicle Safety
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of TVF&R emergency responses. Common risks include:
- Speeding - Exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for road conditions is a factor in most fatal crashes. Speeding also reduces a driver's ability to respond to unexpected hazards.
- Following too closely
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. Oregon law requires children be properly restrained while riding in a vehicle.
- For car seat inspection dates and times, view the following:
- Stop Kids Impaired Driving (S.K.I.D.)
- 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. Call a taxi or friend.
- Take 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 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.