Preparations are underway for the 2004 World Health Day - April 7l 2004, dedicated to "road safety".

From 1999 to 2002 motor vehicle accidents accounted for 38% of all traumatic workplace facilities, making it the leading cause of work-related fatalities.

For more information about activities and events planned worldwide, or to view their Newsletters, visit : http://www.who.int/world-health-day/2004/en/

Avoid motor vehicle collisions.....

  • make it a habit to use your cell phone only when parked
  • attend to personal grooming and plan your route before leaving
  • leave paperwork in the trunk so you won't be tempted to read it
  • preset your climate control radio and CD player
  • never engage in emotional or complex conversations while driving


12 Tips for Safe Winter Driving

  1. See and be seen. Keep all windows, headlights and tail lights clear of ice and snow.
  2. Prepare your vehicle for winter conditions. Ensure that it is in good repair and equipped with ice scraper, snow brush as well as a winter survival kit for long trips.
  3. Allow enough time to get to your destination. Leave a few minutes earlier in the morning, and allow plenty of time to get to work.
  4. Turn your radio on to listen to road report and weather forecast.
  5. Buckle up your seat belt before you start driving.
  6. Stay calm. Maintain a safe speed and drive defensively.
  7. Keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles.
  8. Drive appropriately for the road conditions. The posted speed limit may be too fast under winter conditions.
  9. Stay with your vehicle if it breaks down. Put on your emergency flashers and wait for assistance.
  10. Wait out bad weather.
  11. Plan your moves carefully. In slippery conditions, never jam on your brakes.
  12. Quit driving when you begin to feel sleepy. If you have a long distance to drive, take frequent, short breaks for fresh air and a walk around your vehicle.

Winter driving can be challenging, especially if driving is a part of your job. Take your time a plan ahead.

Adapted from MTSBA Insurance Services, Winter 2002