Motor vehicle safety: Don’t forget the basics while traveling on the road

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  • By Maj. Roy Collins
  • 341st Missile Security Forces Squadron commander
As we near the end of the 101 Critical Days of Summer, it is important to stress one area of safety that should never be forgotten - motor vehicle safety. 

Throughout the course of the year here in Montana, we experience drastic variations in weather and road conditions. Although we can not control the weather, we can control a number of the variables associated with safe vehicle operations. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every 12 minutes someone in the United States dies from a motor vehicle crash. There are many things you can do to lessen the chance you'll become a statistic this year. 

Take a moment to review the below listed recommendations to help keep the roadways safe:
-- Don't drive after drinking alcohol;
-- Avoid distractions;
-- Use a hands-free device with your cell phone;
-- Don't drive when you are tired;
-- Obey the posted speed limit;
-- Make sure your vehicle is safe and in working order;
-- Use car seats for children;
-- Wear your seat belt and ensure your passengers properly buckle up as well; and
-- Monitor the medications you take, some medications can severely impair your alertness and reaction time. 

Please continue to practice safe driving habits and remember to be courteous to your fellow drivers and enjoy the rest of the summer.