Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 2, 1974 · Page 15
Get access to this page with a Free Trial
Click to view larger version
June 2, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 15

Publication:
Location:
Charleston, West Virginia
Issue Date:
Sunday, June 2, 1974
Page:
Page 15
Cancel
Start Free Trial

Page 15 article text (OCR)

3B --June 2. 1974 Sunday Gazette-Mail --Charleston, Weit Virginia RISK Driver Error Blamed In Most Car Accidents By Marion Wells Research Director, American Physical Fitness Research Institute Thanks to the energy crisis, lower speeds and'less driving have contributed to a drop in the t r a f f i c death toll. Nevertheless, driving remains one activity where the person who takes needless risks may not live to regret it. With summer holidays fast approaching, it's ABC* of Health well to be aware of some simple safety measures which just might save your life. Are you a driver? It has been reported that up to 90 per cent of highway accidents involve driver error. You may save a life by keeping both- your car and your temper under control. Avoid driving, if possible, when you're emotionally upset, not feeling fully alert, in pain or tired. It's better to pull over and take a nap than to be "stopped" by an oncoming car. When it comes to drinking and driving, even a low intake may affect your output. Research has shown that small amounts of alcohol can adversely affect a driver's coordination, vision and capacity to detect small variations in light and sound. The National Safety Council reports that about half of all traffic deaths involve a drinking driver. Taking alcohol in conjunction with tranquilizers, barbiturates or antihistamines can also be a driving hazard. Are you aware that commonly used drugs may interfere with your ability to handle-your car? The American Medical Assn. warns that such drugs may include sedatives, tranquilizers, antihistamines, drugs preventing motion sic- ' ness, anti-infective agents, hypnotics, anesthetics and central nervous system depressants and stimulants. * * * IT HAS also been reported that "several studies indicate a relation between" smoking and traffic accidents.**; In their book " H e a l t h f u l L i v - ing," Dr. Harold S. Diehl Dr. and Willard Dalrymple, draw attention to one study in which "... .smokers were involved in four times as many accidents as nonsmokers. The reasons are probably multiple." The AMA recommends that you refrain from smoking while you're behind the wheel. Adjust your driving to fit road and traffic conditions. It's wise to keep a respectable distance between your car and recklessly driven vehicles, "clunkers" in bad condition or heavily or poorly loaded trucks. Do you allow some extra stopping space between your car and the vehicle ahead if the driver right behind you is tailgating? On a longer driving trip, knowing all route numbers in advance can avoid indecision and sudden lane changes, especially when intersections are not well marked. A summer rain after dry weather is an important signal to slow down your driving speed. Experts warn that such a shower can create road conditions comparable to an icy winter highway. Within a relatively short interval after steady rain starts, which may be as little as 15 minutes or so, a slick film composed of oil, gas and rubber p a r t i c l e s forms on the road. When driving under such circumstances, remember to accelerate and decelerate. Gently pumping your brakes may help improve traction. Leave plenty of extra stopping room. The condition of your car can also help save your life. Take special care to keep tires, brakes, steering mechanism and engine in top working order. Help insure maximum visibility by making sure that windows and windshields remain clean at all times, and remember, windshields and window ledges are no place to store items. * * * TO KEEP out poisonous carbon monoxide from automobile exhaust, have your car's exhaust system checked r e g u l a r l y . If t r a f f i c is "bumper to b u m p e r " or you're driving through a long tunnel, keep car windows and vents closed temporarily so you're not breathing exhaust from surrounding automobiles. What about accidents which are "the other guy's fault?" You'll be glad to know that cars are now equipped with simple devices which could double your chances of surviving an accident, according to the NATIONAL Safety Council. If we all used them constantly, we could prevent more than 14.000 deaths and countless injuries annually, according to estimates. These devices are called seat belts. What's the safest way to buckle up? When fastening standard belts, safety experts advise straightening up and keeping the lap belt low, over the hip bones rather than the abdominal cavity. .Make sure the shoulder strap does not come across your neck. Leave no more than the space of a thumb between the lap belt and your body. You should barely be able to get your fist between the shoulder strap and you. For maximum protection, both lap and shoulder belts should be worn. Special seat!: or restraints are available for children too small to wear standard belts safely. According to the National Safety Council, seat belts will help you in ordinary driving when they are properly worn. You'll be held more securely while steering around corners and r i d i n g over dips and bumps. The belts also help to lessen fatigue by promoting good driving posture. Remember, if you want to steer clear of summer auto accidents, be "defensive" about your driving. Relax and enjoy your vacation, but don't "slack off" behind the wheel. NEED A SKILL? try SUPER MARKET CASHIER TRAINING BB0H0 BEH B00BE1 B00HQ SBELW ' 3 M\ y BSaSr S 30.00 Tuition (No Other Cost) Interviews will be held June 3-7. Call now apply 34-6195 (Free Placement Service Available) 4 weeks of training totaling 120 hrs. Hands on experience in our modern well-equipped Super Market Lab. Classes start June 10. KANAWHA COUNTY SCHOOLS GARNET CAREER CENTER 422 Dickinson St. Charleston, W. va. Sponsored by: West Virginia Department of Vocational Education and West Virginia Association of Retail Grocers ROOM SIZE RUGS REG 4 " 12'xlO'6" Your CARPETING 12'xl2' Choice 12'xl3' Limited quantity in some sizes WARDS16.7CU.FT. FROSTLESS REFRIGERATOR No defrosting! Sideby-side styling puts food up front! Freezer holds up to 192 Ibs. Foam-backed polypropylene olefin pile 66 SQ.YD. MODEL 1712 Reg- 349.95 299 WARDS SPACE SAVER AUTOMATIC WASHER WITH 8 BIG CYCLES Wash durables, delicates, knits; 5 water temp combos Compact--only 21" wide. Reg. 259.95 Matching Dryer ,odel 6354 Reg. 199.95 ISUNDAY MONDAY-BIG BUYSI 20 reasons to shop Wards today and tomorrow Model 5104 4,500-BTU ROOM AIR CONDITIONER Dehum idif ies as it cools. Rem ov- able easv-clean filter. Fits windows 20 '/4 -36" W . Easy to install do-it-yourself kit included. JL JL Jl\_/JL ^ JUIJI 97 3,000-BTU, reg. 169.95 ................ 159.88 15,000-BTU, reg. 229.95 . . . ............. 199.88 20,000-BT0, reg. 279.95 ................ 259.88 WOMEN'S, GIRLS CANVAS SHOES Outstanding value! Sturdy cotton, cushion insoles, man-made soles. Special Buy! SAVE S 6! 2-MAN NYLON PACK TENT NEEDS NO STAKES, GUY LINES pair SLEEK HALTER 4.99 BODYSUIT Machine-wash; stretch nylon. Misses' small/med. $999 rned/tall SATIONAL -/, 20% OFF EVERY SWIMSUIT IN WARDS JUNIOR REFLECTIONS SHOP 4 80 To $ 12 REGULARLY $6 TO $15 BUY BROADCLOTH PRINTS, SOLIDS Polyester-cotton blends originally a special buy at 99° a yard. 66' yard Can be pitched on any ground. Weighs 10 Ibs. Screened front wall, rear window. Reg. 45.99 ; 39 4-MAN NYLON TENT 7 V-:x 7'/:; ft. Reg. 79.99 $ 69 We have freeze-dried camping foods. 6-DIGITHAND CALCULATOR SPEC. BUY 24 95 CHEMOLD^ RACKET 7-ply bonded frame, lacquer finish, black grip. Permaply® string. 3 Reg. 4.49 DEACON'S BENCH, SANDED AND READY TO PAINT OR STAIN! Hinged seat hides 17" deep, 43" wide storage area - great for odds-and-ends! 30" high. Special buy! $QQ95 ; 33 UNFINISHED CHEST Smooth and ready to $ O 1 9 5 finish. Save? Special buy! 21 EASY TO ASSEMBLE EASY TO ASSEMBLE 10x9 FT. BUILDING 188 Reg. 159.95 $ 129 f Model 4350 16x5 FT. GALVANIZED STEEL FRONT GABLE BUILDING. SAVE $10. 6'x4'8" int. 6'1" peak ht. resists rust BIG ELECTRONIC OVEN--$30 OFF Cook times cut up to 75?;. 110 V. 650 W. Gifts for the Graduate Model 8165 Reg. 229.95 199 f SCREWDRIVER SET Power-kraft® 7 piece set for shop or home Reg. 4.69 $088 Reg. 79.95 69 f 10x7 FT. BUILDING QQ88 Reg. 119.95. ..»/«/ GARDEN HOSE Lightweight green vinyl'. /:"LD.50' Model 500 Reg. 2.19 1 22 9" DIAGONAL TV REG. 64.95 Front speaker, UHFandVHF$f? O antennas, too. -f O 6204 AM/FM STEREO WITH 8-TRACK Receiver,8- Reg. 99.95 track player, a» 2 speakers. 79 Open Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. AAONTGQMERY 7VRD Take advantage of these great savings-- no down payment required with Charg-All

Get full access with a Free Trial

Start Free Trial

What members have found on this page