The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has teamed up with NASCAR to promote vehicle safety. In 2015, 35,092 people died in crashes across the U.S. That ended a five-decade trend of declining fatalities with a 7.2 percent increase in deaths from 2014. To combat the rising numbers of roadway crash fatalities, the NHTSA and NASCAR have come up with some important tips to increase vehicle safety. From seat belts and tire safety to distractions and safety ratings, they’ve addressed some of the top safety issues facing drivers on U.S. roadways.
Buckling up is the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a crash. Just like NASCAR drivers, vehicle drivers and occupants should be buckled up at all times.
No Distractions Behind The Wheel
Just like NASCAR drivers, everyday motorists need to keep their attention completely focused on the task of driving. Checking a text message can take your eyes off of the road for five seconds, which is like driving the length of a football field blindfolded.
Tire safety is critically essential for safe motor vehicle operation, whether you’re in a daily driver or a sponsored race car. Under-inflated tires can cause blowouts. Check the condition and age of your tires on a regular basis.
Safety Ratings and New Cars
If you’re in the market for a new car, make sure to check the NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings Program. This program provides shoppers with important information about crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles.
What About Recalls?
In addition to safety-ratings, it’s also important to check your vehicle for any open recalls. You can use the NHTSA’s VIN lookup tool. It’s a good idea to check your vehicle’s status a few times a year. If your vehicle is under recall, contact your local dealership and schedule an appointment for a free repair.
Car Accidents in California
NASCAR drivers and everyday motorist have a duty to keep their vehicles running smoothly and safely. Whether you’re on the track or on a local roadway, a car accident can be a career or life-ending event.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.