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There are lots of different workplaces in North Carolina: factories, offices, farms. But the most dangerous workplace is your vehicle because driving is a job all on its own. Your mind has to take in speed conditions, pedestrians and more. Lots of people drive to work, even if it is just going across town for a meeting. In all cases, safety matters. 

According to Automotive Fleet, you should start by looking at your vehicle to make sure everything is in good working order. If your car is a rental or a fleet vehicle that is unfamiliar to you, take a minute and locate the controls for lights, wipers and cruise control and adjust the seat and mirrors. In most cases, more than half of all fatalities and serious injuries from crashes involve people not buckled in properly, so be sure to buckle up. Follow speed limits and watch for changing conditions. Pull over if you feel drowsy and never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

Multitasking may be part of your job, but not when that job includes driving. Any kind of distraction on the road increases your odds of being in a crash. That is because there are three basic reaction components to driving that can be affected by distractions: the time it takes you to perceive a situation, the time it takes you to act on that information and the time it takes for your vehicle to complete the response. So put the distraction down because even a split second delay in your reaction time could be bad for all involved. Pull over before using your phone or typing on navigational tools on longer trips. Allow time in your travel plans to stop and eat. Keep items that might tempt you in the trunk and the things you may need, like sunglasses, in hand.