According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
an estimated 32,310 motor vehicle traffic fatalities occurred in 2011.
1 With snowfall and the potential for icy roads now part of many
forecasts, it's even more important for drivers to be cautious and
follow the rules of the road. To remind commuters to avoid hazardous
driving behaviors, Cintas
Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS), a leader in first-aid and safety
products, has identified the seven worst driving offenders.
"Many drivers on our nation's roads and highways pose a safety threat to
themselves and others," said Nancy Petersen, Senior Marketing Manager,
Cintas First Aid & Safety. "Learning the dangers of bad driving habits
is the first step in breaking drivers of risky behaviors and preparing
them for the road ahead."
The seven worst driving offenders are:
1. The Beauty Queen - Women have been known to occasionally apply
lipstick, mascara and even nail polish while driving. But without both
hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, it's easy to lose control of a
vehicle. To avoid a fender bender and a botched makeup application,
drivers should leave beauty products in their purses at all times.
2. The Hungry Commuter - Eating while driving is yet another
habit that results in hands-free driving. Hungry commuters are often
involved in accidents or near misses because they can't react quickly to
sharp curves or properly handle lane changes. Drivers should take time
to eat before they drive or plan a roadside stop in order to grab a meal.
3. The Tech-Obsessed - Although many states have laws prohibiting
or limiting texting or talking on cell phones, drivers still obsess over
gadgets like phones, GPS systems and music controls in cars. The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 25 percent of
drivers in the U.S. admitted to "regularly or fairly often" talking on
cell phones while behind the wheel. 2 Drivers should refrain
from these activities since reflexes are slowed when their attention is
4. The Sleepy Traveler - Oftentimes commuters refuse to pull to
the side of the road when they feel tired, choosing instead to drive. In
fact, a 2011 poll by the AAA Foundation found that nearly a third of
drivers admitted to driving when they had trouble keeping their eyes
open. 3 Drowsy driving has even been likened to drunk driving
because it impairs reaction time and judgment. Sleepy drivers should
look for a rest stop if they feel unable to keep their eyes open and
concentrate on the road.
5. The Daydreamer - These drivers are often lost in their own
thoughts and thinking about everything but driving. According to
the CDC, nearly 15 people die each day in the U.S. in car crashes that
involve distracted driving. 4 Focusing on the road, rather
than the destination, personal problems or to-dos will keep daydreamers'
heads out of the clouds.
6. The Road Rager - Road ragers are far from courteous. They
tailgate, cut others off and become angry easily. To curb their
emotions, drivers should allow themselves enough time to reach their
destination and have patience with others on the road. If commuting via
car is too stressful, they should take a mental break at a rest stop or
consider alternate routes of transportation.
7. The Rule Breaker - According to the Governors Highway Safety
Association (GHSA), speed is involved in about one third of traffic
deaths each year, and is a problem that has seen little improvement over
the past 30 years. 5 Rule breakers are those who don't wear
seatbelts, frequently speed and ignore important signs and signals. To
avoid costly tickets and car accidents, drivers must take proper
precaution by fastening seatbelts, watching their speed and taking note
of stop signs and red lights.
"With defensive driving training, workers will be more inclined to keep
their eyes on the road, their hands on the wheel and their mind on safe
driving behaviors," added Petersen. "To keep employees safe when they're
not in their vehicles, we also offer a wide array of safety training
courses to increase knowledge of CPR, fire extinguishers, bloodborne
pathogens and other important topics."
For more information on first-aid and safety solutions from Cintas,
please visit www.cintas.com/firstaidsafety.
About Cintas Corporation:
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly
specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout
North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate
identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning
and supplies, tile and carpet cleaning, promotional products, first aid,
safety, fire protection products and services and document management
services for more than 1 million businesses. Cintas is a publicly held
company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol
CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.
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Jess Messenger, 312-664-1532