Distracted Driving Infographic
With new technology and other intrusions, drivers are more distracted than ever. The consequences of these distractions can be deadly. According to NHTSA 3,166 people were killed by distracted drivers in 2017 alone.
How to Avoid Distracted Driving
Distractions can range from anything to putting on make-up or eating meals in the car, to texting or talking on cell phones. Here is list of tips for the car to ensure you aren’t distracted unneccessarily.
- Use your cell phone for emergency situations only. While you’re driving, a cell phone should only be used for emergency purposes. If you have to make a call or text find a safe place to pull over.
- If you are sleepy, pull off the road. Drowsiness increases the risk of a crash by nearly four times.
- You should limit the number of passengers, as well as the activity inside the car. Most states have driver licensing laws prohibit teens from having teenage passengers in the car with them during their early months of driving.
- Avoid eating while driving. This can also be a major distraction as you are focused on not spilling/eating and not the road.
- Do your multi-tasking outside the car. Everyone spends a lot of time in their vehicles, and it may seem like the perfect time to get little things done. Just wait until you get home. It will be safer for you and others on the road.