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- Obey the speed limit
- Never drink and drive
- Use a child safety seat
- Always pay attention
- Buckle up
- Don’t text and drive
- Stop when you’re tired
- Wear a helmet
- Check your tires (or "tyres" in England)
- Stay bright
- Check your vision
One rule I'd like to highlight is Don't Text and Drive. Statistics say that a driver is FOUR TIMES as likely to be killed in an accident if they are texting and driving.
As part of this safety initiative, the FIA is also addressing bigger issues that must be improved at higher levels than you and me behind the wheel. Maybe a bit dramatic, this Manifesto covers a lot of ground:
MANIFESTO AT GLANCE
One highlight I learned from reading about their Manifesto, is that about 50% of traffic fatalities happen on only 10% of the roads in the world. That ties in with #2 and #8 above, that we need better infrastructure and safer roads to drive on to make improvements and save lives.
While we feel like we have a lot of safety laws in the US regarding vehicles and how we operate them, there are many places in the world that do NOT have as many safety laws, and this is another big factor in higher rates of traffic deaths in those areas. Part of the Manifesto addresses this topic by working to raise awareness with the United Nations too.
Here at NMS, we will continue to talk about safety in just about everything we do, and hope that you do too.