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December 2018 Safety Coach: Let Safety Sparkle in the New Year

Safety Coach
10 Safe Driving Resolutions

So, the new year rapidly is approaching. Many of your employees will be talking about resolutions. Why not suggest they think about a resolution that is as good as or better than making a commitment to the gym? How about committing to safer driving?

For some, this might require large behavior changes. For others, small changes can make big differences. Some tips to share for safety resolutions that will help get your employees off to the right start in 2019:

  • Cut out distractions (including eating and personal grooming)
  • Drive defensively and do not depend or rely on other drivers to watch out for you
  • Follow the three- to four-second spacing rule and don’t tailgate
  • Keep your speed down and drive to conditions
  • Pay attention and be aware of your surroundings
  • Put the cell phone away while driving
  • Stay calm behind the wheel
  • Think safety first
  • When going out with co-workers, family members or friends, plan ahead for a designated driver

One more resolution to put on the radar of your employees: Get more sleep. Driving fatigued is like driving impaired. Research shows adults need seven to nine hours of sleep to reach peak performance levels, but 30% report averaging less than six hours, according to a National Health Interview Survey. Getting a good night’s sleep helps you be more alert behind the wheel, boosts productivity and provides good overall health benefits.

A lack of sleep leads to poor job performance and can result in drowsy driving. Watch: Drowsy Driving Can Be as Dangerous as Drunk Driving.

Tailgate Talk
Impaired Driving Prevention

Last year, an average of 38 DUI-alcohol crashes occurred every day on state roads, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. More than 1,000 people were killed. Another 230 fatal crashes involved the use of drugs.

Here are a couple of ways to do your part in December to reduce the number of incidents and participate in National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Use the data and free resources from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

Send an email blast to employees and share Senior Program Manager Lisa Robinson’s Know Safety, No Crashes blog post: Plan for Safety at Holiday Gatherings.

In a tailgate talk, spend 2-5 minutes talking about risks associated with impaired driving. Use our Safety Huddle sheet to assist you with a simple lesson plan.

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When going out, plan for a sober ride home. Not only is it your choice, it is your life. Remember: The decisions you make will impact all those around you – at work, on the road, in your home and community.