Archives: August 2016
August 29, 2016
Establishing a strong foundation for safe driving is equally important. The three key elements of safe driving are: keep your hands on the wheel, eyes on the road, and your mind on driving.
Keeping your eyes on the road doesn’t mean focusing your gaze directly on the pavement in front of you. It means being aware of other drivers, roadside signs, and other dangers to help assure you keep your car between the lines.
This week’s video: How to reduce distractions: https://youtu.be/-l7YcDFVTZ0
The fatality count of 251 is an increase of 11 from last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf
August 23, 2016
Information provided by the Office of Employee Services
August 22, 2016
Most Iowa schools are back in session this week. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately half of all kids arrive at school in a private vehicle. Safely buckling your child into the appropriate location in the vehicle using the right seat is critical to keeping them safe if a crash occurs.
Here’s a link to a great website to determine the safest way to transport your child. http://www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/crs/index.htm Simply enter your child’s birthday, weight and height and the calculator will help you determine the safest seat.
August 19, 2016
The University of Iowa, a national leader in drowsy driving research, recently hosted a first-in-the-nation Drowsy Driving Summit in Iowa City. The summit was headlined by Dr. Mark R. Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and an internationally recognized expert on human fatigue.
In his message to summit attendees, Rosekind noted that the number of traffic crashes attributed to drowsy driving is woefully underreported as investigating officers have little or no evidence of a driver being sleepy at the time of the crash. But to emphasize his point, he said that in studies where respondents were asked if they had driven drowsy, 60 percent said they had driven while sleepy and 37 percent admitted to dozing off behind the wheel.
August 15, 2016
Did you know you’re in a competition every time you get behind the wheel? No, you’re not competing with other drivers, you’re competing against all the temptations that could lead to a crash.
Whether that’s speeding, driving drowsy, getting behind the wheel after a few drinks, or having the cell phone in one hand and the steering wheel in the other, there’s always something competing for your safety.
Be a winner – when you are behind the wheel, concentrate on the task at hand and make it to your destination safely.
August 9, 2016
No two crashes are the same. So how do you make roadside hardware such as barriers, bridge rails, and sign supports as safe as possible knowing that they will be impacted differently when crashed into by cars, pickups, SUVs, or semis?
Before roadside hardware can be placed on our highways, it must undergo full-scale crash testing using a variety of vehicles impacting the equipment at different angles. Since 1993, guidance for conducting these crash tests was found in the National Cooperative Highway Research Program Report 350 (NCHRP 350). Chris Poole, with the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Office of Traffic and Safety, currently serves on the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials committee tasked with providing guidance on standardizing these crash tests.
August 8, 2016
We’re coming to the last days of summer and many people are hitting the road for a last little getaway before school starts. But what if a friend or family member is on the road and you just HAVE to get in touch?
When a person is behind the wheel their most important job is to focus on the task of driving. The only line of defense against distracted driving is the choices each driver makes behind the wheel. If you know someone is driving, don’t tempt them by calling or texting them. If you’re driving, don’t respond to calls or text messages until you have pulled over to a safe location.
August 5, 2016
August 1, 2016
August 1, 2016
With Olympic mania taking over the lives of many sports lovers, the competition challenges us all to do our best to help our team, whatever that team may be. Picture those closest to you in your life as your team. Are you doing your best to be the champion parent, employee, boss and, of course, driver?
Give the task of driving your personal best. Set your goal to Zero – Zero Fatalities. Think that goal sounds out of reach? If every driver would follow these five simple rules, the chance that we would all make back to our team each day improves greatly.
- Drive the speed limit
- Wear your seat belt – every seat, every time
- Never drive if you’ve been drinking or are under the influence of drugs
- Rest before driving if you’re tired
- Give your full attention to the task of driving.