Avoiding distractions while driving could save your life
You’ve seen them on the roads; you might even know a few
And you could be one yourself.
Distracted drivers in come in all shapes, sizes, ages and
experience levels. Even if you’re not one today, you could become one at any
moment — in the time it takes you to answer your cell phone or check the kids
in the back seat when you’re driving.
If you or someone else you know thinks you can drive just
fine while talking on your phone, think about this: More than 450,000 people
were injured in crashes that reportedly involved distracted driving in 2009,
according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than
5,000 of those people died.
Distractions on the road come in many forms, according to
www.distraction.gov, a U.S. Department of Transportation
website. There are three main kinds of distractions:
Visual – taking your eyes off the road
Manual –taking your hands off the wheel
Cognitive – taking your mind off what you’re doing
To help you avoid all three kinds of distractions the
next time you’re behind the wheel of your car
here are a few tips:
Put your phone in silent mode and store it away from the
front seat or in a purse or bag. This helps reduce temptation.
Have a passenger answer your phone or return text
messages for you.
If a call or a text can’t wait, pull over in a safe spot
before using your phone.
This one seems obvious, but finish shaving or applying
makeup before you get in the car!
If you’re emotional, wait until you’ve calmed down before
hitting the road.
Avoid road rage. You’ll be happier and safer.
Whenever you’re on the road, it’s not a time to
multi-task. Focus on driving safely.