Distracted Driving

April 25, 2017

Avoiding distractions while driving could save your life

You’ve seen them on the roads; you might even know a few of them. 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 through the San Francisco Bay Area.

If you or someone else you know thinks you can drive just fine while talking on your phone, eating food, or multi-tasking, think about this: In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 were injured in accidents involving distracted drivers according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In addition to this, keep in mind that California is one of the states that has banned both handheld cell phone use and text-messaging while driving. You can still use your cell-phone safely while driving by using hands-free devices (voice-activated and Bluetooth), and with your phone mounted on the dashboard, windshield or console.

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

Safety Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

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.

Contributor: Smruthi Sriram
A portion of the content was edited & re-posted with permission from SafeCo Insurance
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