National Safety Month: staying safe behind the wheel

June is National Safety Month.  It is important to step back and look for ways to stay safe at home, on the road and on the job.

Last week, we looked at being safe at home.  Today, we focus on keeping your family safe on the road.

Mychaela Bruner hopped in the backseat of a car with a student driver to bring us some advice on how to stay safe.
 
First things first.

“Put your safety belt on, are you close enough to your pedals, fix the mirror. Now let’s back out to the right.  Look left, check the mirror and look over the right shoulder,” said driving instructor Fred Myers.

Sandy Lo is learning the basics behind the wheel, while instructor Myers is teaching her the rules of the road.

“Three letters, you’re going to do C.O.P., C is for communications, observations and placement,” said Myers.

A lot of learning experiences, that Myers said could save lives the next time you are in the driver’s seat.

“About 80 percent of wrecks happen at intersections. If they are coming through not paying attention, they will increase that 80 percent. We tell them when you get to an intersection, cover the break pedal, look left, right and straight,” said Myers.

After a few more hours driving, Lo hopes to take her driving test.

“My language is not too good, in a few months I will take the test. I failed the first time, the second time I hope to pass,” said Lo.

Learning how to prevent accidents, while taking courses to refresh your skills.     

A growing and dangerous epidemic – distracted driving.  In 2010, more than 3,000 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver.     

Forty percent of all teens said they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone.  Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely to get into crashes.

Just remember to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.

For more information about driving with Fred, click here.

To check out our other story about keeping your home safe during National Safety month, click here.

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