As most of you know, Super Bowl Sunday is this Sunday and no matter where in the world you are, there is a good chance that you, or someone you know will be having a Super Bowl party.
In the past few weeks a report came out in Canada stating that at sporting events there are a lot of fans who leave stadiums and arenas intoxicated, and these same people hop into their cars and drive on our roads, streets and highways.
This problem not only comes to light at live events, but also this time of year at Super Bowl time. I mean imagine it… The big game on a large TV, your buddies around, chili, beer, chips…
In order to bring awareness to people, the folks at SYLVANIA flipped me some statistics to help me with this post.
Since I drive to and from the office each day, I really have no patience for distracted, agressive or impared driving. Being behind the wheel of a vehicle is a privelage, not a right, and some people feel they can break the rules and everything will be fine.
So please check out these figures;
The New England Journal of Medicine reported a relative 41% increase in the number of casualties over the course of 27 Super Bowl Sundays compared with other Sundays and comparing the time periods before and during the game. That number exceeds the relative increase in casualties on New Year’s Eve over the last two decades.
The increase in accidents amounted to:
- 1,300 more car crashes
- 600 more injuries
- Seven more deaths nationwide
Because you are more likely to attend a party in your area – around children – I have some Super Bowl Driving Safety tips:
1. It seems obvious, but don’t drink and drive. It may be shocking, but during Super Bowl Sunday, 48% of all U.S. traffic fatalities are alcohol-related according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That is almost half of all accidents. Think about those driving drunk who do not kill someone but are on the road… Please have a designated driver.
2. Be visible – Higher performing lighting provides whiter and brighter lights, which allows drivers to see obstacles and hazards sooner—and as importantly, be seen.
According to SYLVANIA, a leader in automotive lighting, a car going 65 MPH is traveling 95 feet per second. A premium headlight may translate into an additional 100 feet or more of visibility and an additional second of reaction time. This could make the difference between safely avoiding a hazard or having an accident. Pedestrians also need to be smart and be seen. Give these headlights a fighting chance.
Common sense must also come in to play. If you are wearing black do not cross in the middle of the road, or wear an ipod while walking. Buy some light coloured, or reflective clothes, and be aware at all times.
3. Eliminate distractions like loud radios, cell phone calls and texting. Researchers at Virginia Tech found drivers who were involved in a crash while using their cell phones had typically been looking at the devices for five seconds. That’s enough time for a vehicle to travel 29 car lengths while traveling at 70 MPH.
So be smart. For your safety, and the safety of others on the road and our kids / your children… If you plan on having some drinks at a Super Bowl party, make sure you have a designated driver, or ask the host if you can crash there on the couch until the buzz wears off. Heck, if they let you stay, be nice and make them breakfast!
Just don’t drink and drive!!!