When I accepted a job at DRIVE SMART Virginia a decade ago, one of the first things I thought about was how driving affects everyone.
Whether you are a driver yourself, a passenger of a vehicle, a commuter on public buses, a bicyclist, or even a pedestrian using the sidewalk, safe driving pertains to you. And if you’ve been lucky enough to not have experienced a crash first-hand, you know of someone that has. You may even know someone who has been severely injured or died in a car crash. Most of us do.
So why doesn’t traffic safety matter to everyone? Unfortunately, I don’t have an easy answer to that. However, I do have some ideas on how you can bring safe driving topics into your community and hopefully gain some responsiveness toward this important subject.
Traffic safety is not a sexy topic. It’s hard to get anyone’s attention when you want to discuss the importance of buckling a seat belt or designating a driver. It can take innovative approaches to bring the matter of safe driving into your community. Consider the following:
Now is the perfect time to try out some of these ideas. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and DRIVE SMART Virginia has super helpful and FREE tools for you plan for your April activities. Check out our Distracted Driving Awareness Month online toolkit that features a sample employee email, social media posts, a press release template, ideas for activities and more. You can also order free brochures and posters using our online store.
Whether your roads are narrow and winding or wide and congested, something CAN be done to make them safer! Most car crashes are caused by driver error and are completely preventable. This means education and awareness are the keys to changing driver behavior. Grab those keys and gear up to better the roads in your community!
Kristin Pettway joined DRIVE SMART Virginia in April 2009. She is currently the Senior Project Manager in charge of teen driver and simulator programs. She has also served as Project Manager for Trucking Programs. Kristin worked as a Program Coordinator for Rutgers Cooperative Extension for several years, helping to provide New Jersey’s farmers with the tools to ensure their future. She graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science degree.