A Safe Day at Work Starts with a Safe Commute

By Joy White

Joy White, Information Specialist at the NTSB, parks her vehicle before starting her day.
Joy White, Information Specialist at the NTSB, parks her vehicle before starting her day.

Today kicks off Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW). What mode of transportation did you choose today? Your own passenger vehicle, subway, bus, motorcycle, train or bicycle? These are just a number of ways that NTSB employees choose to travel to and from work on a daily basis. In honor of DSWW, we will spend the next few days highlighting these modes of transportation, raising awareness of the potential dangers, and providing a few tips on how to stay safe commuting to and from work.

According to a 2013 report from the U.S. Census Bureau, 10.8 million people, or 8.1% of workers, commute an hour or more to work each way. A good number of these people are traveling on the road. Were you aware that time spent behind the wheel can be the most dangerous part of an employee’s day? In fact, traffic crashes are a leading cause of death and account for about 95 percent of all transportation-related fatalities. With our mission – Independently Advancing Transportation Safety, the NTSB wants to make sure that you arrive safely to work in the morning and return safely to your loved ones when the workday is over.

Some of the best things you can do to be safe on the roads come directly from the NTSB’s Most Wanted List:

  • Always buckle up on every trip and make sure others in your vehicle are properly restrained, including securing your infants, toddlers, and younger children in child safety seats and booster seats.
  • Don’t engage in distracting behaviors behind the wheel; put down those personal electronic devices while driving.
  • Don’t operate a vehicle when you are impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • And remember, if you’re transporting your children, they are watching; make sure that you are modeling the behavior you want them to emulate when they are driving.

No matter what means of transportation you choose, you play a critical role in making sure that you and others on the road are safe. So buckle up, stay alert, and make it a great week!

Joy White is an Information Specialist with NTSB

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