For everyone’s safety, Idaho Power has been a longtime advocate of safe driving. Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents, causing thousands of deaths each year and ruining countless lives. Car accidents with power poles also cost Idaho Power (and our customers) over $1 million each year.
Our employees drive thousands of miles per year for their jobs, and we want them to keep safety top of mind. We have a firm policy requiring employees to drive attentively, put down their phones and just drive. Watch this video about why we’re engaged drivers.
We encourage all drivers to join us being engaged drivers and limiting distractions. Help us create safer roads across Idaho and eastern Oregon by following these tips:
- Make it a habit to shift your attention to the task at hand — engaged driving — as soon as you get in the car.
- Limit distractions, especially from phones. Consider putting your phone in a bag or purse in the backseat where it’s not an easy distraction.
- Look before you lock — check hot cars for kids or pets before exiting.
- Talk with drivers in your household about why it’s important to be an engaged driver and put down the phone.
- Take extra care during the 100 deadliest driving days — the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. While summer usually offers the best weather for driving conditions, like dry roads and longer daylight hours, it often means more traffic and distractions.
- As back-to-school season starts, watch for school children in crosswalks, school zones and at bus stops. Be prepared for more traffic on the roads during drop-off and pick-up times.
- Check trailer tires for proper air pressure, and ensure the rubber is in good condition.
- Help prevent wildfires and power outages by avoiding driving or parking in dry grass where heat or a spark could ignite a fire.
- Know what to do if you encounter a downed power line while driving (don’t touch it!).
Planning for Emergencies
We not only want everyone to be engaged drivers, but we also want them to be prepared in an emergency. That’s why we encourage customers to have regular vehicle maintenance done, as well as have emergency car kits available. Here are some items we recommend including in your kit:
- First-aid kit
- Waterproof matches
- Windshield scraper
- Jumper cables
- Compressed air with tire sealant
- Road maps
- Tool kit
- Paper towels
- Brightly colored cloth
- Bag of sand or cat litter
- Tow rope
- Tire chains
- Collapsible shovel
- Container of water
- Non-perishable food (canned goods, crackers, etc.)
- Non-electric can opener
- Battery or solar-powered chargers for your devices
- Flashlight and extra batteries