February 2017 News Letter



Number of Americans killed every day from motor vehicle accidents that involved distracted driving, such as using a cellphone, texting or eating.

1 in 4

The probability that a motor vehicle crash involved a cellphone.


The percentage of U.S. drivers ages 18 to 64 who reported reading or writing text messages while driving in the previous month. In comparison, only 15 percent of drivers from Spain reported texting while driving in the same period.


Number of motor vehicle crashes in 2013 that involved texting.


How much using a cellphone while driving increases the risk of a crash.


Number of seconds a driver can safely glance away from the road while operating a motor vehicle.


Number of seconds drivers take their eyes off the road to send a text message, on average.


Number of states (plus Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands) where texting is banned for all drivers, regardless of age.






Eating Healthy on the Road

Packing for the Road

It can be challenging to find affordable, healthy food while on the road. But, with pre-planning and smart choices, you can still eat healthy without spending a lot of money.

If you have access to an in-truck refrigerator, stock food and snacks that are healthy for you. Avoid candy bars and chips. Instead, focus on foods that will keep you fuller longer, like string cheese, pretzels, popcorn, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, look for smart choices when eating at fast food restaurants. Many restaurants now offer baked options, low-fat or low-sodium alternatives, and fresh fruits and salads. Menus often have these options marked for easy identification. Plan ahead by visiting http://www.drivinghealthy.org/resourcecenter/fastfoodguides/ for the healthiest menu options at some of the most popular fast food restaurants.

Eating Healthy at Home

Make Healthy Eating a Family Affair

Children learn from your example. If you emphasize healthy eating choices, your children will learn to eat healthier as well. The following are a few easy ways to improve your family’s diet.

  1. Plan menus as a family. Discuss the meal options and ways to make current family favorites healthier. For example, if you usually purchase regular spaghetti, consider a whole grain or pasta with added protein instead. Or, consider ways to cook food differently. Baked, broiled, or grilled food is better for you than fried food.

  2. Bypass individual serving packages of snack products. It may be cheaper to purchase a larger bag of snacks that you can divide at home. By dividing foods into single serving portions as a family, everyone becomes more aware of serving sizes.

  3. Be creative. Find foods that your family likes and explore ways to add vegetables and fruits into your diet. Try replacing candy with fruit or vegetables and adding vegetables to pasta sauces and pizzas.

  4. Add variety. Food variety means eating a wide range of foods from within and across each of the food groups. Eating many different foods helps maintain an interesting diet that provides adequate nutrition. Each week, encourage family members to choose a new healthy food to try.



Source: http://www.drivinghealthy.org/eatingandlivinghealthy/eatinghealthy/roadeating/