Community Focus with Mary Washington Healthcare
At Mary Washington Healthcare, we look to empower individuals in our community
and help them establish healthy behaviors and routines that will encourage
a safer lifestyle. Part of this comes from our involvement in injury prevention
programs throughout Fredericksburg, Stafford, and surrounding areas in
Virginia. By educating our community on safety and wellness, we can help
Community Programs & Training Classes:
Mary Washington Healthcare provides several programs and/or training classes
for the benefit of individuals and families in our community:
Riding a bike is a great way to spend time with your family. It is also
an excellent way to stay fit. However, it is important to practice bike
safety in order to avoid injury. Injuries can range from cuts and bruises
to more serious issues such as broken bones, internal injuries and head trauma.
It is important to remember the following when riding bikes:
- Make sure you/your child have proper training
- Keep new bike riders in an enclosed area
- Wear a properly-fitted helmet
- Wear reflective clothing
- Make sure your bike has reflectors on the frame and wheels
- Buy a bike that you or your children fit
- Obey the rules of the road
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Always wear protective equipment
- Ride with traffic, not against it
- Learn and use hand signals
For more information on our Bike Safety & Helmet Program or to schedule
a Bike Rodeo for you school, community, or church organization please
contact the Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator at (540) 741-2853 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of trauma in our area. Driving
while distracted or intoxicated dramatically increases your risk of being
involved in a motor vehicle crash. Crashes are not accidents. Stop and
think before getting behind the wheel.
Think Before You Drive
- Eat, drink and make phone calls BEFORE you drive
- Leave early so you aren’t stressed
- Be familiar with your vehicle’s instrumentation.
- Check your route BEFORE leaving. Do not attempt to read a map while driving.
- Attend to personal grooming BEFORE you drive.
Stay Focused and Pay Attention
- Limit interaction with passengers.
- Avoid the temptation to talk on the phone while driving
- Never text while driving.
- Keep our eyes on the road
- Don’t take notes while driving. Find a safe place to stop before
writing things down.
Avoid Driver Fatigue
- Don’t drive if you are tired
- If you begin to feel sleepy while driving, pull off the road in a safe
place to rest
- Share the driving responsibilities on long trips
- Don’t daydream while driving
Don’t Drive When Angry or Upset
- Avoid emotional conversations with passengers while driving
- Pull over to the side of the road if you are too upset to drive
- Avoid “rubbernecking” to look at crashes or other activities
on the road
- Always have an “out” and be prepared to use it
- Keep a vigilant watch around the vehicle by shifting your eyes every few
seconds and checking your rearview mirror
- Use your signals early enough when turning and changing lanes
- Be prepared for poor driving conditions
And NEVER drink and drive!
One of our programs is named Trauma Survivors Speak Out. This special program
will highlight young trauma survivors who sustained significant life-changing
injuries following motor vehicle collisions. They will openly share their
stories in an effort to enlighten and educate drivers on the effects of
drowsy driving, texting and driving, and other driving hazards, as well
as the benefit and value of a local trauma center.
Our survivors want to share their stories with area high school students.
If you are interested in learning more about this program, and how it
can be presented to your school or organization, please contact Jessica
King, Trauma Education/Injury at email@example.com.