Wednesday November 15, 2023
With harsh winter weather comes potential risks on the road. In general, operating motor vehicles is a high-risk activity that we tend to forget about, due to its presence in our daily routines. Take the time to be aware of your surroundings every time you drive a vehicle.
I-95 Shut Down
In January 2022, part of I-95 in Virginia was shut down, leaving drivers stranded and stuck in their cars.
According to InsideNoVa, for more than 30 hours, drivers using the interstate in Virginia were stranded in their cars after a winter snowstorm caused traffic accidents.
With very limited access to food, water, and restrooms, individuals and families were left to their own devices without knowing when they would make it to their destinations.
The incident shed light on the importance of having emergency management plans and communication channels in place to benefit citizens in need.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 42,939 traffic-related deaths in 2021. Always being aware of your surroundings while driving and following the rules of the road can make a difference while behind the wheel.
Rules of the Road
· Wear seat belts.
· Always drive sober.
· Follow local laws and rules.
· Refrain from cell phone use.
· Use proper car and booster seats for children.
Tips to Remember
· Always check your blind spots.
· Follow the speed limit.
· Pay attention to road signs.
· Check for pedestrians.
· If operating a motorcycle, wear a helmet.
Important Road Safety Items
ProPac’s Auto Survival Kit provides the items you need in your car in case of an emergency. Easily fitting into a glovebox while remaining moisture resistant, our kit includes:
· Energy food bar
· Drinking Water Packet
· Rain Poncho
· Emergency Blanket
· Flashlight with batteries
· Hand warmer
· Car Glass Breaking Tool
ProPac’s Road Safety Kit is suitable for emergencies on the road. Stored in a duffle and easily accessible in a car, the kit includes:
· Custom Duffle
· Reflective Roadside Emergency Triangles
· Pencil Tire Gauge
· Bright Yellow Safety Vest