Preventing Distracted Driving
April 19, 2023
Driving is an essential part of our daily lives. We travel to work, school, run errands, and more. However, despite the convenience and necessity of driving, it is also one of the most dangerous activities we engage in regularly.
According to the World Health Organization, road traffic accidents cause approximately 1.35 million deaths globally every year. One of the leading causes of road accidents is driver distraction.
Driver distraction is any activity that diverts the driver’s attention away from the road. This can include texting, making phone calls, eating, drinking, adjusting the radio or air conditioning, or even talking to passengers. While all of these activities may seem harmless, they can significantly impair a driver’s ability to react to changes on the road, increasing the risk of accidents.
One of the most common forms of distraction while driving is the use of mobile phones. Texting or making phone calls while driving can take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off of driving. This means that even a few seconds of distraction can lead to an accident. In fact, research shows that texting while driving increases the risk of a crash by 23 times.
A momentary distraction can cause a lifetime of regret. It is crucial to remember that driving is a complex task that requires full attention and concentration. When you’re behind the wheel, your priority should be driving safely and responsibly.
Help prevent distracted driving
S&ME Vice President and Safety Director, Dave Duke, CIH, CSP, provides a few tips to prevent distracted driving.
Dave tells us, “Distracted driving-related deaths and injuries can be prevented. Drive smart and prepare before you hit the road.”
- Turn off your mobile phone or put it on silent mode before driving. If you need to make or receive a call, pull over to a safe spot.
- Eat and drink before getting behind the wheel. If you need to have a snack or a drink, pull over to a safe spot.
- Set the radio and air conditioning before driving. If you need to adjust them, do it when you’re stopped at a red light or pull over to a safe spot.
Driving is a significant responsibility that requires your full attention and concentration. Any form of distraction can increase the risk of an accident and have severe consequences. By avoiding distractions while driving, you can help make our roads safer for everyone.
Commit to driving distraction-free by taking the National Safety Council’s (NSC) Just Drive Pledge and help us make the roads safer for everyone.