No matter what time of year, it’s important to follow road signs and obey traffic laws. Especially in the holiday season, when so many more people are on the road shopping for gifts and traveling to see family, road hazards are dangerous and a real threat to your happy holiday season. This infographic brings to light ten road signs that should receive your special attention. Be diligent out there!
Deer Xing Signs
Pay attention to this one, especially with the deer population rising. Over 100 people die every year because of deer/auto collisions, of which there are 500,000 annually.
12% of all traffic fatalities are pedestrian deaths. If you’re driving, pay attention to stop signs. If you’re walking, watch out for cars that don’t stop for stop signs.
Don’t Drink and Drive Signs
With holiday parties and whatnot, more and more people take a chance and get behind the wheel after too much wine, eggnog, or other libation. In 2009, December saw over 2,000 fatal car accidents. Guess how many of those were alcohol-related?
Share the Road Signs
Every year, 51,000 cyclists are injured by cars. Just as much as a motorist needs to be mindful to share the road with cyclists, so do cyclists need to be careful of cars who don’t, in fact, want to share the road.
Stop for Pedestrian Signs
Just to reiterate the problem with pedestrian accidents – know that over 4,000 pedestrians are killed every year.
Buckle Up and Drive Carefully Signs
Every year 35,000 people die in a car crash. Half of them would live if they’d only wear their seat belts.
While these aren’t seen all over the country, when they do appear, take heed. Snowmobile accidents kill 200 people and injure 14,000 people every year.
No Texting While Driving
If that terrible television commercial that aired in 2010 wasn’t enough, maybe the information that over 5,000 people die every year because they are distracted while driving will keep your eyes off the smartphone and on the road.
Fire Hydrant Signs
Know where your water source is. 25,000 chimney fires happen every year in the U.S., and that causes over 30 deaths.
Speed Limit Signs
The speed limit is there for a reason. An increase from 55 MPH to 65 MPH raises the accident fatality rate by 22%. No matter what the road conditions may be, follow the speed limit to the tee.
The graphics are OK, and the text is clear and easy to read.
Some really good information, but I think better statistics could have backed up the stop sign segment of the infographic. Pedestrian deaths are addressed twice, and other accidents and fatalities can happen as a failure to stop. Plus, the Drinking and Driving information does not explain explicitly how many deaths per year occur as a result of alcohol, something that should be spelled out because it is such a problem. Another way to make the information pack more of a whollop would be to include the cost of each infraction. Not only can you die, if you survive you REALLY have to pay.