Cintas Flags Down the Road’s Worst Driving Offenders

  Cintas Flags Down the Road’s Worst Driving Offenders

                 Cintas offers tips to encourage safe driving

Business Wire

CINCINNATI -- January 9, 2013

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an
estimated 32,310 motor vehicle traffic fatalities occurred in 2011. ^ 1 With
snowfall and the potential for icy roads now part of many forecasts, it’s even
more important for drivers to be cautious and follow the rules of the road. To
remind commuters to avoid hazardous driving behaviors, Cintas Corporation
(NASDAQ: CTAS), a leader in first-aid and safety products, has identified the
seven worst driving offenders.

“Many drivers on our nation’s roads and highways pose a safety threat to
themselves and others,” said Nancy Petersen, Senior Marketing Manager, Cintas
First Aid & Safety. “Learning the dangers of bad driving habits is the first
step in breaking drivers of risky behaviors and preparing them for the road
ahead.”

The seven worst driving offenders are:

1. The Beauty Queen – Women have been known to occasionally apply lipstick,
mascara and even nail polish while driving. But without both hands on the
wheel and eyes on the road, it’s easy to lose control of a vehicle. To avoid a
fender bender and a botched makeup application, drivers should leave beauty
products in their purses at all times.

2. The Hungry Commuter – Eating while driving is yet another habit that
results in hands-free driving. Hungry commuters are often involved in
accidents or near misses because they can’t react quickly to sharp curves or
properly handle lane changes. Drivers should take time to eat before they
drive or plan a roadside stop in order to grab a meal.

3. The Tech-Obsessed – Although many states have laws prohibiting or limiting
texting or talking on cell phones, drivers still obsess over gadgets like
phones, GPS systems and music controls in cars. The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 25 percent of drivers in the U.S.
admitted to “regularly or fairly often” talking on cell phones while behind
the wheel. ^ 2 Drivers should refrain from these activities since reflexes are
slowed when their attention is on technology.

4. The Sleepy Traveler – Oftentimes commuters refuse to pull to the side of
the road when they feel tired, choosing instead to drive. In fact, a 2011 poll
by the AAA Foundation found that nearly a third of drivers admitted to driving
when they had trouble keeping their eyes open. ^ 3 Drowsy driving has even
been likened to drunk driving because it impairs reaction time and judgment.
Sleepy drivers should look for a rest stop if they feel unable to keep their
eyes open and concentrate on the road.

5. The Daydreamer – These drivers are often lost in their own thoughts and
thinking about everything but driving. According to the CDC, nearly 15 people
die each day in the U.S. in car crashes that involve distracted driving. ^ 4
Focusing on the road, rather than the destination, personal problems or to-dos
will keep daydreamers’ heads out of the clouds.

6. The Road Rager – Road ragers are far from courteous. They tailgate, cut
others off and become angry easily. To curb their emotions, drivers should
allow themselves enough time to reach their destination and have patience with
others on the road. If commuting via car is too stressful, they should take a
mental break at a rest stop or consider alternate routes of transportation.

7. The Rule Breaker – According to the Governors Highway Safety Association
(GHSA), speed is involved in about one third of traffic deaths each year, and
is a problem that has seen little improvement over the past 30 years. ^ 5 Rule
breakers are those who don’t wear seatbelts, frequently speed and ignore
important signs and signals. To avoid costly tickets and car accidents,
drivers must take proper precaution by fastening seatbelts, watching their
speed and taking note of stop signs and red lights.

“With defensive driving training, workers will be more inclined to keep their
eyes on the road, their hands on the wheel and their mind on safe driving
behaviors,” added Petersen. “To keep employees safe when they’re not in their
vehicles, we also offer a wide array of safety training courses to increase
knowledge of CPR, fire extinguishers, bloodborne pathogens and other important
topics.”

For more information on first-aid and safety solutions from Cintas, please
visit www.cintas.com/firstaidsafety.

About Cintas Corporation:

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized
services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas
designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and
provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet
cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products
and services and document management services for more than 1 million
businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global
Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard &
Poor’s 500 Index.

Sources:

^1 http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811604.pdf

^2 http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdistracteddriving/

^3 http://www.aaafoundation.org/pdf/2011TSCPR.pdf

^4 http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/distracted_driving/index.html

^5 http://www.ghsa.org/html/media/pressreleases/2012/20120308_speed.html

Contact:

Mulberry Marketing Communications
Jess Messenger, 312-664-1532
jmessenger@mulberrymc.com
 
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