Distracted Driving - Please don't!
We've all been distracted by something while driving, like eating, drinking, the radio, checking directions, or even putting on makeup. Well okay, maybe you haven't, but you've seen other drivers doing it.
One of the big distractions today is...our cell phones. We are all addicted. Some will admit it, some won't. According to a poll taken by the National Safety Council, 82 percent of Americans think cell phones are addictive.
Facts about distracted driving...
Distracted driving is ANY activity that takes your attention away from the road. There are 3 types of distractions...
- Manual distractions - Like your cell phone, eating, drinking, cause you to take your hands off the wheel.
- Visual distractions - Like reading a text message, putting on make-up, cause you to take your eyes off the road.
- Cognitive distractions - Listening to someone on your cell phone causes you take your mind off what you are doing.
Texting involves all three! This why it's the most dangerous distraction.
Don't let your cell phone distract you!
- Unplug - When you get behind the wheel make it a habit to "unplug" from your cell phone. Keep it accessible, but don't be distracted by every beep, chime or favorite tune. Wait to check for calls and text messages until you get to your destination, that way you'll be sure to arrive safely. Or, if you need to check a missed call or text, find a safe place to pull over.
- Stay Focused - Stay focused on the road. When you take your eyes off the road, even for a second, you’re putting your life and the lives of others in danger. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that in 2018, distracted driving caused an average of 9 deaths and injuries to 1,000 people per day. In the same year, according to the National Safety Council, an estimated 1.5 million car accidents were caused by people using a cell phone while driving.
It's always a good idea to have your cell phone with you while driving, in case of an emergency. It's not a good idea to be distracted by it. So, before you start your vehicle, get into the habit of changing your phone to silent mode. That way you'll stay focused on the road and not your cell phone.
At Hillside Auto Repair, we care about our customers and we want to make sure you are safe. Remember to "Unplug and Stay Focused" while driving.