We have all been there. Your cell phone rings or that important text message comes in while you happen to be driving. Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. People drive distracted every day in every community across the country. In 2014 alone, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.
These types of distractions include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Grooming/Putting on makeup
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.
Here is Liz’s story on how distracted driving changed her life forever:
The youngest and most inexperienced drivers are most at risk of distracted driving, with 16% of all distracted driving crashes involving drivers under 20. But they are not alone. At any given moment during daylight hours, over 660,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.
Here are some tips to help you remain focused while behind the wheel:
Have the Talk
Driving is a serious responsibility. Discuss what it means to be a safe driver with your teen and set ground rules for when they’re behind the wheel. If your teen is on the road, they should stay off the phone.
Make a Family Pledge
Print out this pledge form and have every member of your family commit to distraction-free driving. Set a positive example for your kids by putting your cell phone in the glove compartment every time you drive.
Know the Laws in Your State
Many states have Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws that include cell phone and texting bans for young drivers. Remind your teen driver that there could be serious consequences for violating these laws – including a delayed or suspended license.
Distracted driving kills. The friends, family, and neighbors of the thousands of people killed each year in distracted driving crashes will tell you it is a very serious safety problem. The nearly half a million people injured each year will agree.The best way to end distracted driving is to get educated on the danger it poses.
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