There were 42,643 fatal car wrecks in the year 2004 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. In 2003 there were 6,328,000 automobile crashes.
Cars are rated for safety through scores from crash tests that rate front, side, and rear damage in collisions. This means that the impact of the crash is in the front, side, and the rear of the vehicle. Gold winners received good ratings in front, side, and rear tests. Silver winners received good ratings in front and side tests and ratings that are adequate in rear collision tests.
Larger cars provide more protection than smaller cars, but some small cars are still safe. A small car that receives a good rating is safer than a larger car that does not receive a good rating.
Driving can be dangerous, so follow these safe driving tips!
Always wear a seatbelt.
Use child restraints
Do not drive over the posted speed limit,
Do not drink alcohol or take drugs and drive.
Be aware of what is going on around you.
KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD!
Don't use your cell phone while driving.
Always look out for pedestrians. Let them cross first.
Do not pass school buses.
Pull over or stop to let police, ambulance, fire truck, or any emergency vehicle pass.
What Should You Do?
Sometimes there are things that happen on the road that no one can predict ahead of time. Here are some tips on what to do in a dangerous situation.
Hydroplaning - take your foot off of the gas pedal and keep the steering wheel straight.
Brakes Do Not Work - Manual transmission: shift into a lower gear, release the clutch, apply the emergency brake. Automatic transmission: shift into a lower gear and apply the emergency brake.
Gas Pedal is Stuck - tap the gas pedal with your foot. Shift to neutral and push on the brakes.
Tire Blowouts - try to keep the car going straight. Slow down. When the car slows down move off the road.
Skidding - let off the gas pedal gradually. Turn the steering wheel the same direction that the car is skidding. When the car stops skidding and is going straight again, turn the steering wheel back the other way so that the car will not skid the other direction.
You have learned that many children's lives can be saved by wearing a seat belt, using a car or booster seat, and keeping children under 12 in the back seat. The Cruizin' Tigerz have begun a safety campaign at school called "Love Us Enough to Buckle Up" to teach other students and their parents about how important it is to use child safety restraints. This page is dedicated to Will, a friend and classmate who was killed last summer in a car crash.
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Love Us Enough to Buckle Up
After learning about the number of deaths due to motor vehicle crashes we decided to have a safety campaign at our school that would encourage students and their parents to use seatbelts, car seats, and booster seats. We decided on the slogan, "Love Us Enough to Buckle Up" and made posters to go around the school. We made flyers to give out to the car riders in the afternoon. We also sent the flyers home with kids that ride the school bus. We hope that our safety campaign has let people know how important it is to make sure children are buckled into car seats, booster seats, and seat belts (after growing to at least 4'9" tall). We hope this campaign will help to keep our friends and family safe!