GREENFIELD, Iowa — Drivers who can’t wait to get to work in the fall may want to brace for more bad news this fall, according to the latest research.
For the first time, the American Automobile Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released their annual safety report for 2018, highlighting the need to stay alert in the spring.
It also offers tips for keeping safe on our roadways this fall.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re traveling:1.
Drivers who can wait are not going to be happy about this report.
The AAA has been calling on drivers to be on the lookout for road hazards this fall and winter.
“We want people to be able to drive safely in the winter and summer,” said Dan Littrell, president of the association.
More than 90% of all crashes in the United States occur on our roads during the winter months, according the AAA.
So, the biggest challenge drivers face this fall will be keeping themselves safe.
If you have to get off the road, don’t go into a tunnel, don.
Keep a safe distance from your vehicle and keep your speed at less than 30 mph.2.
Drivers may need to get used to having a car next to them.
We can’t stress this enough: the best way to avoid a collision is to get behind the wheel and drive safely, according Dr. Richard Hirsch, a professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
You don’t have to be a driver to stay safe on a busy road.
There are lots of things drivers can do to help reduce the risk of collisions.
Take your hands off the wheel, keep your seatbelt on and remember to buckle up, said Littlev.
If you’re at work, your carpool carpools with the driver.
It can be safer if you are not wearing a seatbelt.4.
If a collision does happen, you can get help.
If there is a crash in progress, call 911.
You can also call your local police department or call the National Emergency Number at 1-800-222-1222.