Distracted Driving PreventionMay 2023
Distracted driving needs our attention.
At 55 mph, taking your eyes off the road for just 5 seconds is like driving across an entire football field with your eyes closed. Each year, thousands of US motorists are killed and hundreds of thousands more are injured due to distraction-related crashes.
Thankfully, there are things we can do to help educate drivers and inform better driving behavior. Here are some thoughtful ways to prevent distraction and help make the roads safer for you and your loved ones.
8 Ways to Prevent Distracted Driving
1. Don't DJ on the way
Trying to change songs while driving is extremely dangerous. Instead, have a playlist, put on a CD, or program your radio presets before you start driving so finding the right music is never an issue.
2. Know before you go
It's best to commit directions to memory before you take off. If you have to look at GPS, program the route before you start driving, and turn voice commands on so you look at it as little as possible.
3. Make it a family affair
Set guidelines for safe driving practices with everyone in your family so that you can set positive examples and hold each other accountable.
4. Ride responsibly
If you're a passenger, make sure nothing is distracting the driver, including yourself. Offer to help them with anything that might be diverting their attention from the road.
5. Stop if you're sleepy
Take a nap or a break and get some caffeine into your system. Coffee, energy drinks, soft drinks, and chewing gum are easy ways to help keep you alert on the road.
6. Don't groom on the go
Whether you have to shave or put on makeup, you're better off doing it before you go or once you've arrived.
7. Your stomach can wait
Eating food can be a huge distraction. It's better to eat before or after you drive.
8. Forget about your phone
Silencing your phone and putting it out of reach will ensure that you're not tempted to look at it. If it's out of sight, it's out of mind.
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