An average of 467 automobile fatalities occur yearly due to icy roads. The midwestern and plain states have the highest incidences related to ice related deaths. Approximately 70% of overall winter related deaths are due to icy road accidents. Saturdays are considered the most dangerous day to drive during the week. Automobile related fatalities are considered the number one cause of death for people between the ages of 1 and 34. Of the 1.4 million fatal crashes researched between 1975 and 2000, fatal crashes are 14% more likely to occur on the first snowy day of the seasons as compared to subsequent ones. The following series of winter driving safety slogans used by others, can serve as a reminder of the daily danger we face when on the road.
A casual attitude towards safety = CASUALTY.
Alert today – Alive tomorrow.
Avoid a drastic call. Don’t Slip, trip and fall.
Be alert! Accidents hurt.
Be aware of slips and trips.
Check twice before you venture onto the ice.
Don’t Be ‘Left Out In The Cold’… Practice Winter Safety.
Don’t crowd the Plow.
Don’t depend on reports from your wife; a weather radio can save your life.
Drive safe, be safe.
Ice and Snow…Take it Slow.
If everything comes your way, you are in the wrong lane.
Look every way every day!
Night doubles traffic troubles.
Normal speed meets every need.
On the ice you can slip, and need a hospital trip.
Open the Door to Safety: Awareness is the Key!
Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent.
Road safety is a state of mind, accident is an absence of mind.
Safety is in your hands, it’s not automatic.
Slipping on ice isn’t nice.
Snowplows Need Room to Groom.
Stop accidents before they stop you.
Take care of your vehicle is equal to taking care of yourself.
Think twice before walking on ice.
Wait for the blizzard to subside, before going outside.
Watch your step – it could be your last.
When hail rains down, there could be a tornado around.
When riding on snow, you better drive slow.
When walkways freeze – walk safely please.
When you see the lightning flash, get out of the pool fast.
Winter safety is COOL.
The following infographic outlines safety tips for driving when traveling in the winter time. A few tips to keep in mind are to brake gently to avoid skidding and do not use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.