Texting while driving is a serious safety issue, but distracted driving is about more than just your phone. Don`t get distracted by big ads, landscape, shops, or activities going on around you. Take care to eliminate distractions to focus on the road.
Commercial drivers who are distracted are three times more likely to be in an accident, and driver inattention contributes to 80% of crashes. Driving requires your full attention. Focus fully on driving. Don`t let anything divert your attention, actively look down the road, use your mirrors, and keep an eye out for pedestrians and bicyclists.
If something fell out, just drop it. Store or secure any object that could fall or roll in your vehicle. Program the GPS, adjust the seats and get comfortable before you go, adjust your mirrors, the air conditioning or heating and the sound system before you hit the road.
Plan your route and check traffic and weather conditions in advance. If possible, eat meals or snacks before or after your trip, not while driving. Along the way, avoid “junk foods” that can be difficult to digest and will make you drowsy.
Put aside your electronic distractions. Do not use cell phones while driving or using Bluetooth and never send or read text messages and emails. If you have a passenger or co-driver, ask for their help so you can focus on driving safely.
If another activity requires your attention, instead of trying to do it while driving, pull off the road and stop your vehicle in a safe place. Take care of this important matter and get back on the road when you can give your full attention to driving.
Here are the most common causes:
- Consumption of food or drink while driving: 39% of accidents.
- Excessive speed: 36% of accidents.
- Talking/texting on my cell phone while driving: 18% of accidents.
- Following too closely: 16% of accidents.
- Rage at the wheel: 11% of accidents.
- Not using signs: 10% of accidents.
Have a nice day and a safe trip. Their families await them.