Distracted driving- we are all guilty of it at one time or another. Recent studies have shown not only a recent increase in car accidents, often caused by distracted driving, but also an increase in fatalities from car crashes.
While using a smart phone is a common form of distracted driving there are several other distractions that include eating, listening to the radio, exhaustion, getting lost or getting distracted by a passenger or a pet.
Here are 5 suggestions from the NAIC for ways to stay safe and avoid distracted driving:
- Buckle Up The 3 point safety seat belt was invented by VOLVO engineer Nihls Bohlin in the1950's. It was such an important safety device that VOLVO gave the patent away allowing anyone to use it. Today estimates say that the modern day seat belt saves over 11,000 people a year in the US alone.
- Turn it Off Turn off the smart phone and place it in your pocket, glove box or purse - that way you will be less tempted to take your hands off the wheel. (In 2017 the Apple I-phone introduced the Do Not Disturb function that detects when a car is in motion and silences the ringer and prevents drivers from receiving messages while driving.) For those addicted to texting safe driving advocates suggest putting your smart phone in your car's trunk to avoid temptation.
- Plan Your Trip You can map or set your GPS device for your route ahead of time. That way you will not be tempted to enter info into your GPS or Phone while driving.
- Don't Drink or Use Drugs- Don't get behind the wheel impaired — whether it's due to exhaustion, medicine, alcohol or recreational drugs. Drunk/impaired drivers are responsible for approximately 10,000 fatalities a year.
- Obey Speed Limit,Traffic Rules and Keep Your Eyes on the Road
Taking the advice listed above will help keep you and your family safe - and also help keep your auto insurance premiums low!
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