Driving Safety – Put Your Phone Away! Don’t Text and Drive.
WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?
When we think of the term “distracted driving” the first thing that comes to mind is cellphone usage in tandem with driving a car. However, distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone to make a call, check email, play a game, etc.
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Eating and drinking
- Changing clothes
- Talking to passengers
But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is considered by far one of the most alarming distractions.
The average time your eyes are off the road while texting is approximately 5 seconds. When traveling at 55mph, which is enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded!
What You Can Do to Help
According to the FCC Consumer Guide there are things you can do to help:
“Give clear instructions – Give new drivers simple, clear instructions not to use their wireless devices while driving. Before new drivers get their licenses, discuss the fact that taking their eyes off the road – even for a few seconds – could cost someone injury or even death.
Lead by example – No one should text and drive. Be an example for others and, if you need to text or talk on the phone, pull over to a safe place. Set rules for yourself and your household regarding distracted driving.
Become informed and be active – Tell family, friends and organizations to which you belong about the importance of driving without distractions. Take information to your kids’ schools and ask that it be shared with students and parents.”