Safe Driving Month – Distracted Driving
Safe Driving - Distracted Driving
This week’s post for our Safe Driving Month is Distracted Driving. Distraction.gov defines distracted driving as “Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.”
Traffic safety experts classify distractions into three main types: Manual, Visual, and Cognitive.
- Manual distractions require the driver to move their hands from the steering wheel.
- Visual distractions require the driver to focus their eyes away from the road.
- Cognitive distractions require the driver to start thinking about something other than driving.
This is why texting while driving is so bad; texting involves all three types of distractions. As a result, texting and driving makes a crash up to 23 times more likely. Texting and driving is illegal, but more importantly, as driver’s we all have a responsibility to ensure that we make it home safe to our families Everyday!
- About 100 people die every day in car crashes.
- Up to 90% of accidents are caused by driver error.
- About 26% of accidents involve cell phone use.
- Right now, 9% of drivers are talking on their phone.
For more information about the IFS Safety Program, call 636-680-2100 and ask for Mike Schwaller.
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