Distracted Driving: Tips for Managing Distractions
Distracted driving is unsafe, irresponsible and in a split second, its consequences can be devastating. According to US Department of Transportation, in 2010 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving collisions.
Distracted driving consists of three areas: Manual, Visual, and Cognitive. Manual, meaning a driver takes their hands off the wheel. Visual, a driver takes their eyes off the road. And Cognitive, a driver takes their mind off the road. All types of distractions can result in an auto collision and endanger the driver, passengers, and any other bystanders.
Some typical distractions include:
- Texting or Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating, drinking, grooming
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps such as a GPS
- Watching a video, Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
To prevent distracted driving it begins with things you do BEFORE you get behind he wheel …
- Preset radio stations, MP3 devices, and climate control.
- Secure items that may move around when the car is in motion.
- Send the messages you need before you leave and turn off or silence your phone. It will prevent you from picking up the phone when you here it “beep” or “ring”.
- Eat or drink before you hit the road.
- Do your personal grooming at home – not in the car.
- Review maps and driving directions before hitting the road
- Ask a passenger to help you with activities that may be distracting.
Distracted driving causes auto collisions and is very serious safety problem.