S4E40: How to Avoid a Car Accident and Stay Safe on the Road

Did you know a two-second diversion is all it takes to double your risk of a car accident? Learn facts and several tips to help you and others stay safe on the road.

In this Episode:

  • 01:21 – Recipe of the Week: Bliss Balls
  • 02:21 – Long Journeys to Burial
  • 11:03 – How to Avoid a Car Accident
  • 39:28 – Ask the Ethicist: “My Husband Is Facing Dementia. Can I Help Him End His Life?”
  • 51:11 – Outro

Stayin’ Alive

A man bucking a seat belt. We talk about how seat belts can increase survival 50% in a car accident
The CDC reports that among drivers and front-seat passengers, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45%, and cut the risk of serious injury by 50%

Here at Everyone Dies, we talk a lot about death, but today we want to talk about living…namely how to stay alive! There may be more perils than ever on the road with increasing distractions and impaired drivers with legalization of psychoactive substances in many states. But there is also more technology built into our vehicles to help, if we use it.

Understand the Risks and How to Combat Them

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a car accident occurs every 13 minutes in the United States. Over 50% of car accidents are within 5 miles from home. While technology and new regulations are making vehicles safer, car accidents continue to be a leading cause of death in the U.S. In this episode we talk about actions that you can take while driving to keep yourself, your passengers, and the rest of the people on the road safe.

A chart showing how driver's reaction times slow with distractions, increasing risk of a car accident. Technology distractions can slow reaction time twice as much as drunk driving.


Long Journeys to Burial

We talked about two people that had a roundabout journey to their final resting place. The first was Dorothy Parker, whose ashes were kept in a file drawer for many years. The second was “Stoneman Willie” – named for the botched embalming job that left him a rock-hard mummy. We share his real name and how he ended up being on display for 128 years before finally finding rest.

Ask the Ethicist: “My Husband Is Facing Dementia. Can I Help Him End His Life?”

We share this loaded question, originally featured in the New York Times. This is one time that a medical professional may have a bit different advice than looking simply from the lens of whether something is ethical and legal or not. Be sure to listen to Marianne’s thoughts, especially if you are in a similar situation with a spouse considering suicide because of their perceived end.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.

Recipe of the Week: Cacao Coconut Date Bliss Balls

Get this Recipe at Berry Sweet Life

When you’re road trippin’ you need something to munch on to extend time between stops, right? These balls have a perfect balance of macronutrients to give you energy in a healthy way. Head over to Berry Sweet Life to see how to make them for your next car trip.

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