KEEP THESE TIPS IN MIND IF YOU USE IOWA’S ROADS
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Snow and ice may be festive; however, it can create dangerous road surfaces which means increased stopping distance and reduced visibility and traction. Weather related factors can increase the time typically required for travel. Drivers should schedule proper maintenance checks for vehicles and stock them with emergency supplies such as water, jumper cables, spare tire, jack, other tools, window scraper, a first aid kit, extra winter clothing including a blanket, and any other useful items. Remember that safety belt usage greatly reduces traffic-related injuries and fatalities.
In addition, even though the temperature will make some drastic changes soon, there will still be some dedicated bicyclists, joggers, and pedestrians using the roadways. Everyone on the road needs to remember to share the road responsibly and obey traffic laws, be aware of surroundings, and limit distractions or things that may impair the ability to travel safely. Make yourself visible to others through the use of lights, reflective material, and bright colors. Safety equipment such as bicycle helmets can save lives and reduce the severity of head injuries.
According to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, (Iowa Department of Public Safety), Iowa has unfortunately seen 287 traffic related fatalities between January 1 and October 15 of this year. Iowa had a total of 360 traffic-related fatalities in 2011, including 27 pedestrians and 5 bicyclists. By following the tips listed above you can help prevent a tragedy by reducing the number of traffic related incidents.
These simple steps should not be forgotten after the winter season.