School children, wet leaves and deer pose driving challenges this time of year, safety group says
SATURDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) -- The back-to-school season brings plenty of road hazards and challenges: wet leaves, lumbering school buses and deer bounding across the lanes.
Last year, September had the second-highest number of deaths per mile driven of any month in the U.S. -- 1.42 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).
To avoid accidents, NSC urges drivers to buckle up and avoid texting and using cell phones while driving. Also, it asks parents to review the following traffic safety tips with your children:
Drivers should remember that fall is deer breeding season, so be on the lookout and keep in mind that deer travel in groups. When you see one deer, be alert for more.
Remember that deer are in suburban and urban locales as well as rural settings.
If you hit a deer, call 911.
The National Safety Council has a complete list of fall traffic safety tips.
SOURCE: National Safety Council, news release, Sept. 2, 2009
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