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. 

Reduce Distractions

  • 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.

Inclement Weather

  • 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.

 Vehicle Maintenance

  • 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
  • Flashlight
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Blankets (or floor mats and newspapers)
  • Water

Highway Safety

Find more information about highway safety on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.