Each year there are an estimated 400,000 injuries and 3,000 fatalities due to crashes from distracted drivers. As technology has advanced and safety features are standard, it appears as though drivers have become even more distracted as they rely too much on phones and features. In this blog we will look at the main distractions drivers face and how to help prevent them from causing an accident.
The largest contributor to distracted drivers and the main cause of fatalities. Now with smart phones, drivers are not only tempted by calls and texts but with videos, emails, web surfing, and many other apps. When it comes to cell phones the best policy is Out of Sight, Out of Mind. Some ways to keep your cell phone from becoming a distraction include:
Radios and GPS are other types of electronics normally used when operating a vehicle. These audible distractions are dangerous as they can take your focus away from the road and onto something unseen. Some tips to keep these electronics from becoming a distraction are:
Eating, Drinking, and Smoking
When you’re on the go, all aspects of your life sometimes need to be as well. This can include eating, drinking, and smoking while driving. While they may help you stay focused long-term, they also preoccupy your hands from the wheel and eyes from the road. When on the go, some tips to remember are:
Driving is the main mode of transportation for many Americans and will likely stay that way for years to come. As drivers, it is your responsibility to stay focused on the road and to avoid distractions for your safety and for those around you. Remember to keep your eyes on the road and if tasks can be done before your car leaves park, make sure they are done. To keep the conversation going, download the Distracted Driving Toolbox Talk (TBT) or comment below.