Whether you are driving for work, to and from work, or even to the grocery store, the time you spend in your vehicle can be the most dangerous part of your day. That is why this [next] week we will be observing Drive Safely Work Week, the annual safe-driving campaign sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS.)
This year’s theme is Gear up for safe driving: Mind – Body – Vehicle. You likely already know that vehicle maintenance is an important part of a safe trip. This year’s campaign will highlight how being mindful of physical and mental wellness—along with the “health” of your vehicle—are all connected in making us safer, more attentive drivers.
Among other things, we’ll cover tips for getting better sleep, limbering up before getting be hind the wheel, strategic snacking, the importance of regular vision screening, making sure you have the best fit to your vehicle and that your vehicle is fit for a safe trip.
If you are presently committed to health and wellness, you’ll discover how some of the things you are already doing positively affect your driving. But chances are everyone will find an area in which they might improve—as well as an opportunity to share some relatively simple actions with friends and family to help them be safer behind the wheel.
In addition to always wearing a seat belt, proper maintenance of mind, body and vehicle can go a long way toward getting you to where you’re going safely. We trust you’ll find the week to be interesting, informative and most likely even a little fun.
Visit kmm.org and take the pledge to Drive Safe to Work – This week and every week to follow!
Post written by trafficsafety.org
What happens when Old Bridge High School 10th graders navigate an obstacle course containing a stop sign, traffic circle, pedestrians in a crosswalk and a traffic light, all while performing a math problem on a calculator?
KMM joined Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in conducting a Distracted Driver/Pedestrian Program and the results were not surprising! Of the 200 students who walked the course, only a handful received a perfect score. When evaluated after the program, the students never realized the mistakes they made while concentrating on their calculations. The results were indeed sobering.
The program is designed to educate students about the dangers of being distracted while driving or being a pedestrian. And since Middlesex County carries the #1 rank in the state for pedestrian accidents, the need to start educating our younger generation is important.
Remember, regardless of our age, we all need to be aware of our surroundings when out on the roads and concentrate on getting to our destination safely.
“The Acorn City” – Raleigh, NC
Some have said that Da Vinci’s sketch books contain drawings of a bicycle. This may or may not be true but we do know that a bicycle without pedal appeared in 1817. It enjoyed limited popularity. In 1870, the first all metal High Wheel Bicycle was introduced and named. Bicycles have evolved considerably since those days and so have bike racks.
Right from the start, trees, signs, benches, and just about any other immobile objects have been used to secure bicycles. U racks, wave racks, and bollards remain popular, but many cities are opting for more sophisticated designs.
The Bison in Norman, OK
The “bike station,” is an indoor or outdoor area that houses hundreds of bicycle. It may also offer lockers, changing rooms, and rental, repair, and sales facilities, such as the one in WashingtonDC. (home.bikestation.com/bikestation-washington–dc)
The Tomato outside a market Rock Hill, SC
The Japanese have taken bike storage to a whole other level – below ground. The bicycle is rolled onto a street level platform that whisks it away until retrieved by its owner. http://youtu.be/yIHrmN_ptJc
Some towns have re-invented the bike rack as street art. Recently, we learned of the City Center Bike Rack Design competition in which the winning bike rack designs will be placed in City Center Philadelphia. Other communities have launched or completed similar projects, with some interesting results.
For the 8th year, Keep Middlesex Moving, (KMM), Middlesex County’s commuter services organization, is joining a worldwide movement to support Car Free Day on September 22, 2013. Car Free Day started in Iceland, England, and France in 1995 to raise awareness about the negative impacts motor vehicles have on our environment.
KMM will kick off this initiative on September 19, 2013 at Jimmy John’s located at 8 Easton Avenue in the heart of New Brunswick. WCTC 1410AM’s very own Tommy G will be broadcasting live from Jimmy John’s between 12pm and 3pm. Prizes will be given away to those who stop by the location during the program run time!
On Car Free Day (9/22/13) or any day during the week of September 15th to September 28th, KMM urges commuters to take the Car Free Pledge and recommends the following alternatives:
Use public transportation – a train, a bus, or light rail
Ride a bike or take a walk
Carpool or Vanpool
Bring a brown bag lunch or walk to grab a bite to eat
Work from home
Commuters who pledge to go Car Free or Car Lite can register at www.kmm.org. They will be entered into a drawing to win host of prizes including a $50 gift card from Magyar Bank or a Heldrich Spa Gift Certificate or State Theater New Brunswick Tickets or Rutgers Football Ticket Basket or Fragrance Basket from Firmenich Inc.! For more information or to register for the event, log on to www.kmm.org . Deadline for registrations is September 21, 2013.