Distracted Driving is a fast-growing cause of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. 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. Can you recall distractions in your daily drives from some of the examples below?
Using a cell phone or smartphone
Eating and drinking
Talking to passengers
Reading, including maps
Using a navigation system
Watching a video
The best way to start making a change in this trend is to serve as an example to friends and family. The number one reason that teenage drivers cite for thinking that it is acceptable that they text or use their cell phone while driving is because they see adults doing it. It is tempting to multitask on the road, but it only takes envisioning losing a friend or family member because of a distraction that could inspire you to put down the device.
How to stop distracted driving
- Use a handsfree or voice-activated phone function if it is available - and use this if you need to make a call while driving.
- Call attention to a distracted driver if you are a passenger. Speak up!
- Enable smartphone apps that disable or discourage texting and calling while your phone is in motion.
- Parents AND teens can sign a contract, promising each other that they will not drive distracted.