Drivers Beware – PSA on Distractions
The National Safety Council (NSC) recognizes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month and while many ignore the warnings, the consequences can be devastating.
According to the NSC, “There is no safe way to use a cell phone while driving – even hands free. Distracted driving takes many forms, but cell phone use is at the top. Research shows the brain remains distracted for 27 seconds after dialing, changing music or sending a text using voice commands. Almost everyone has seen a driver distracted by a cell phone, but often you don’t realize that distracted driver is you.”
Furthermore, a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) also found that “80% of vehicle crashes involve some form of distracted driving [and while] cell phone use gets a lot of attention for causing crashes, it isn’t the only dangerous distraction.” An estimated 4.6 million drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, etc. were injured seriously enough to require medical attention. That is a 7% increase from 2015.
Driving distracted is generally described in 3 ways:
- having your eyes off the road
- mind off the road
- or hands off the steering wheel
Distracted Driving: Calls Kill
This video reminds you that even hands-free your brain is distracted. No call, conversation or text is worth a life. If it is absolutely necessary to make a call, pull over to a safe location. Not every distraction can be avoided, but by consciously making the decision to avoid those that can be, it can make a world of difference to your future… A difference your loved ones will intuitively thank you for.
Please join us this month (and all other months) in pledging that there is nothing more important than making it to your destination.