As April ends, the official month for Distracted Drivers Awareness is coming to a close. That does not mean our awareness for the dangers of distracted driving should also end. It is important to continue to focus on safe driving four our safety and those around us.
A lot of publicity is focused on distractions caused by mobile phones and devices. That is not the only type of distractions you may encounter. There are a variety of other distractions that should be avoided such as:
· Looking at a crash site
· Reaching for things around the vehicle
· Using any type of hand-held device (including navigation systems)
· Eating or drinking
· Adjusting the radio
· Applying makeup
· Arguing with a passenger
· Trying to occupy a child in the vehicle
Distracted driving happens in our personal and professional lives. Learn how to address distracted driving at work by viewing the free online webinar created by the National Safety Council shown below. In addition, follow some of these tips by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Do not text or use a hand-held phone while driving. Further, avoid using hands-free phones as much as possible – even if your employer allows them.
- Pull over in a safe location if you must text or make a call.
- Make necessary adjustments (e.g., adjust controls, program directions) to your car before your drive.
- Do not reach to pick up items from the floor, open the glove box, or try to catch falling objects in the vehicle.
- Avoid emotional conversations with passengers, or pull over in a safe location to continue the conversation. For normal conversation, passengers in the vehicle can often help lower crash risk for adult drivers.
- Focus on the driving environment — the vehicles around you, pedestrians, cyclists, and objects or events that may mean you need to act quickly to control or stop your vehicle.
As we move through the rest of the year, remember to stay safe and "just drive.”
One Team. One Vision. One Goal. – Everyone Goes Home Safe!