Who’s at risk?
Everyone is at risk from their own potential distractions while driving, as well as from other distracted drivers sharing the road. NHTSA estimates that 25% of all crashes involve some form of driver distraction. A NHTSA survey found that the most common distractions are talking with passengers, changing radio stations or looking for CDs or tapes, eating or drinking, talking on a cell phone, and dealing with kids in the back seat.
Follow these tips to prevent crashes due to distracted driving:
- Make adjustments to vehicle controls – such as radios, air conditioning, or mirrors – before beginning to drive or after the car is no longer in motion.
- Don’t reach down or behind the driver’s seat, pick up items from the floor, open the glove compartment or clean the inside windows while driving.
- Mornings can be hectic, so set your alarm clock to allow time for personal grooming at home rather than in the car.
- When driving in unfamiliar areas, plan your route before driving. If you need to refer to a map while driving, park the car before reading the map or ask a passenger to read the map and help navigate.
- It’s understandable that drivers will talk with passengers, but it’s best to avoid very emotional conversations while driving.
- For cell phone conversations, pull over to the side of the road before beginning a conversation on the cell phone, or wait until you reach your destination. The safest time to use a cell phone while driving is when stopped.
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This content was last modified on: 08/11/2008