Every day, at least 9 Americans die and 100 are injured in distracted driving crashes. Cell phones, dashboard touchscreens, voice commands and other in-vehicle technologies pose a threat to our safety. Just one second of your attention is all takes to change a life forever.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. While we promote safe driving year-round, during this month, with the help of the National Safety Council, we highlight precautions you can take in order to save lives.
There is no safe way to use your cell phone while driving – not even hands-free. These tips make it easy to keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel and your mind on the drive.
Before you start driving:
- Program your GPS
- Finish reading/sending texts and emails
- Turn off your phone and put it in the glove compartment, trunk or your bag
While you are driving:
- Do not use voice commands with your phone or dashboard touchscreen - hands-free systems are just as distracting as handheld
- On longer drives, schedule breaks to park safely and respond to messages
- Social media can wait - no update, tweet or video is worth a life
- Pull over and safely park to take a call or respond to messages
- Do not call or text someone if you know they are driving
Below are a few safety posters that can be displayed in your employee break room:
- Hands-free is not risk-free
- Avoid the dash to the dashboard
- Multitasking lie
- "Just" is all it takes
- When convenience is dangerous
Distracted driving is an epidemic. Be part of the solution. Just Drive.