Friday, June 12, 2015

Tips to Avoid being a Distracted Driver

With the road trip season upon us, this is a great time to review your driving habits to ensure that you are not a distracted driver.  The media has done a great job of sharing starting statics like this one from "In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involv­ing distracted drivers. This represents a 6.7 percent decrease in the number of fatalities recorded in 2012. Unfortunately, approximately 424,000 people were injured, which is an increase from the 421,000 people who were injured in 2012."

There are many activities that qualify as causing a distracted driving situation.  Essentially distracted driving is any activity that moves your attention from driving and in turn endangers your passengers or those traveling around you.  

  • Texting
  • Surfing with your Cell Phone
  • Eating & Drinking
  • Talking to Passengers
  • Grooming including make-up application
  • Reading
  • Using Navigation System
  • Watching Videos
  • Adjusting Vehicle Controls
Typically the youngest and most inexperienced drivers are at the highest risk for distractions but that doesn't mean that you are immune if you are a driving pro.  Keeping safety in mind when driving can make the all the difference.  Below are a few tips to help you keep safe and focus on driving.  

  • Don't be afraid to shut off your phone.  - Your texts, emails and alerts can wait.  Remind yourself that no update is more important than your safety.  
  • Organize your vehicle - If you are planning to use a GPS, prepare it before you shift into drive.  
  • Let Your Passengers Help - You are the driver, allow your passengers to manage everything else. 
  • Try making your drive time, quiet time - We all need a little more Zen in our life.  Try making your driving time a dedicated quiet time dedicated to driving and decompressing.  
We hope these tips will help you keep safe and help you spread the word.