At Methodist McKinney Hospital we are always concerned with the safety of our patients, physicians and staff. We thought we would highlight the importance of safety in honor of National Safety Month, we are focusing on driving safely since everyone can relate to that.

It’s important to stay safe all the time and not just talk about the importance of safety during National Safety Month. According to SaferAmerica, “Every year, roughly 1.3 million people die in car accidents worldwide – an average of 3,287 deaths per day.” Let’s do our part in taking safety seriously.

You may think that driving drowsy is not as bad as driving drunk, but did you know that losing two hours of sleep has the same effect on driving as having three beers.  Driving drowsy puts you and other drivers at risk. Before getting in the driver’s seat, ensure that you are well rested and able to provide your undivided attention.

Driving requires your complete attention and anything that can draw your attention elsewhere can be deadly. Hands-free can give you a false confidence when driving, some people get carried away in conversation and although their hands may be free, their mind is off in another world.