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How to Stop Being “Driven to Distraction”

What do you think distracted driving means?

ANSWER

  • Distraction occurs any time you take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off your primary task: driving safely. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.
  • Driver inattention was a contributing factor in 91,833 Texas crashes in 2014 (Texas Department of Transportation).
  • Distractions now join alcohol and speeding as leading factors in fatal and serious injury crashes.

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What can you do to avoid these potential distractions?

  • Don’t drive while calling or texting. Pull off the road to a safe location. Take a Message. Let your voice mail pick up your calls. It’s easier and safer to retrieve your messages later on.
  • Keep your phone secure. Make sure your phone is secure—in a bag, your pocket or the glove compartment so it doesn’t slide off seats and compel the driver to reach for it while driving.
  • Don’t take notes while driving. If you need to write something down, pull off the road to a safe spot.
  • Don’t eat or drink while driving. Spills can easily cause a crash if you have to stop quickly.
  • Groom yourself at home. Shaving, applying makeup, and brushing your hair are distractions that should not be done while driving.
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