Motor Vehicle Safety

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thousands of people lose their lives and many more are injured in automobile accidents each year. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill provides some tips on how to stay safe on the road.

Dr. Hill:

More than 40,000 people lose their lives in motor vehicle crashes each year and an estimated two million more suffer disabling injuries. The combination of high speed, impaired or careless driving and not using safety belts threatens every driverregardless of how careful or how skilled.

Driving defensively means not only taking responsibility for yourself and your actions but also keeping an eye on the other guy. The National Safety Council suggests the following guidelines to help reduce your risks on the road.

Dont start the engine without securing each passenger in the car, including children and pets. Safety belts save thousands of lives each year

Dont drive too fast or too slowly

If you plan to drink, designate a driver who wont drink. Alcohol is a factor in almost half of all fatal motor vehicle crashes

Notify the police immediately after seeing a motorist who is driving suspiciously, and

Do not talk on a hand-held cell phone or text while driving.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.