Distractive Driving is quickly becoming one of the country’s biggest health concerns. As more and more drivers text while on the road, distracted driving crashes are steadily increasing year after year. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 9 people are killed every day in the U.S. as a result of crashes involving a distracted driver.
Distracted driving doesn’t just mean texting and driving. You can be distracted by one of many activities including but not limited to: checking your GPS or map, taking a photo, talking to a passenger, checking email or posting to social media sites, eating, drinking, and putting on makeup or grooming yourself. You are distracted any time your mind and/or eyes are off the road.
Tips to help lesson your distractions while driving:
- Fully focus on driving. Do not let anything divert your attention, actively scan the road, use your mirrors and watch out for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Store lose gear, possessions and other distractions, so you do not feel tempted to reach for them on the floor or the seat.
- Make adjustments before you get underway. Systems like your GPS, seats, mirrors, climate and controls before hitting the road. Decide on you route and check traffic conditions ahead of time.
- Finish dressing and personal grooming at home- before you get on the road.
- Eat meals or snacks before or after your trip, not while driving.
- Secure children and pets before getting underway.
- Put aside your electronic distractions. Don’t use cell phones while driving- handheld or hands-free.
- If you have passengers, enlist their help so you can focus safely on driving.
- If another activity demands your attention, pull off the road and stop your vehicle in a safe place, to avoid temptation, power down or stow devices before heading out.
- If you cannot devote your full attention to driving because of some other activity, it’s a distraction. Take care of it before or after your trip, not while behind the wheel.
REMEMBER PREVENTION WORKS!