Distracted Driving Awareness
According to Distraction.gov, distracted driving is any activity that could take your attention away from the primary task of driving. These activities are not just limited to cellphone calls or texting, but also include eating and drinking, grooming, talking to passengers, adjusting a radio and more.
Of all the different activities or devices that may cause driver distraction, texting has become the most alarming due to the visual, manual and cognitive attention required of your brain to complete the task. Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute have found that engaging in the visual-manual subtasks associated with the use of handheld phones and other portable devices—things such as reaching for a phone, dialing or texting—increase a driver’s risk of getting into a crash by three times.
In fact, imagine traveling the length of a football field—blindfolded. This is what happens when you take your eyes off the road for just five seconds while traveling 55 mph, according to the official U.S. government website for distracted driving.
So What Can You Do?
Are you looking to improve your own driver safety or those of your insured? By taking extra precaution and making conscious decisions, you can lower insurance costs, driver down-time if you’re a business owner, and minimize risk exposure.
Here are a few tips to make sure you can stay focused on the road:
- Cellphones – Put your phone in a safe place where it is secure and out of reach.
- Navigation – Map out your driving route before you get going.
- Music – Choose a playlist or station prior to your trip.
- Passenger safety – Wear your seat belt – and make sure passengers including furry friends are secure too.
- Personal belongings – Things like purses, briefcases, water bottles, and food should be secure to keep you from getting distracted.
- General multi-tasking – Avoid grooming or eating while driving as well as distractions from passengers.
Already cautious of these traps and want to get rewarded for your good driving habits? Reach out to Holman Insurance to see if “pay how you drive” insurance is right for you!