Proven ways to avoid the fatal four -- because safety never takes a holiday

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  • By Senior Master Sgt. Bob Ward
  • 166th Airlift Wing Safety Office
Do you know the "Fatal Four?"

They are: Fatigue -- Speed -- Seatbelts -- Alcohol.

Our Holiday Safety Campaign begins with you, your immediate family, and fellow co-workers in your work center.

However, safety never takes a holiday.

Here are proven ways to avoid the Fatal Four:

Holiday Driving:
  • Holidays mean traffic jams -- Expect them and leave a little early
  • Drive reasonable distances -- Take a break every two hours
  • If you feel tired, PULL OVER -- Coffee doesn't replace rest
  • Do most driving during daylight hours
Winter Driving:
  • If you don't have to drive, DON'T!
  • If you must drive, be defensive and smart
  • Know the road conditions before starting your trip
  • Leave early
  • Triple the normal distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you
  • Steer into the skid if you start to slide
  • Keep a safety kit in your car for emergencies
At all times:
  • Do not drink alcohol and drive
  • Obey the speed limit
  • Buckle up your seatbelt, and make sure your passengers do the same
Remember: Be Safe -- Be Smart -- Be Seen

Contact the 166th Airlift Wing Safety Office at 323-3520 for other safety tips.