How To Stop Distracted Driving
April is End Distracted Driving Month. Distracted Driving is a nationwide epidemic that tragically claims thousands of lives every year. Distracted Driving is an individual choice that can have devastating consequences. Here are a 4 things you can doing today to stop distracted driving and potentially save a life on the road:
1) Put Away the Cell Phone – Cell phones are the biggest and most obvious distraction while driving. Put your cell phone in the back seat and forget about until you have reached your destination. If you are playing music over your phone, get your playlist going before leaving the driveway. Even though the cell phone is the biggest culprit of distracted driving, others include eating, drinking, messing with the radio, putting on make-up, trying to grab your kids toys that fell on the floorboard, etc.
2) Don’t Let Friends and Family Drive Distracted - We don’t let our friends drive drunk, so we shouldn’t let them drive distracted either. As a passenger, help your driver drive distraction-free. Offer to be a “designated texter,” reading or sending texts for the driver, navigating the GPS, or offering any other help that will allow your driver to be completely focused on driving.
3) Be the Driver You Want Your Children To Be. Over 70% of teens say that their parents often drive distracted. Studies show that if a teen has parents that drive distracted the teen will be 2-3 times more likely to also drive distracted. “Do as I say, not as I do” is not an effective way to teach your teen to be the safe driver you want them to be. Teach your 5 year old that it is not safe for mom or dad to drive while texting and to hold you accountable.
4) Take the Pledge to End Distracted Driving. The National Safety Council (NSC) has developed a distraction-free driving pledge you and your family members can sign. You can fill out the online form and submit it to the NSC. The pledge reads as follows:
“I pledge to Just Drive for my own safety and for others with whom I share the roads. I choose to not drive distracted in any way – I will not:
- Have a phone conversation – handheld, hands-free, or via Bluetooth
- Text or send Snapchats
- Use voice-to-text features in my vehicle’s dashboard system
- Update Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo, Vine or other social media
- Check or send emails
- Take selfies or film videos
- Input destinations into GPS (while the vehicle is in motion)
- Call or message someone else when I know they are driving”