Sometimes I am amazed of how many distractions exist while driving. I never realized how distracted I really was. Just last week driving around Lake Nona, I asked myself a series of "have you ever" questions:
- Have you ever arrived at your destination without really paying attention to how you got there because it is so routine?
- Have you ever picked up your phone while you are driving, if only to check the time?
- Have you ever looked down at the radio while changing stations?
- Have you ever read Orange Blossom Trail billboards fully while driving?
- Have you ever been so involved in a conversation on the phone that you forgot to make your turn?
- Have you ever turned around to look in the back seat at your child talking or sleeping?
- Have you ever reached for something in the back seat while driving?
- Have you ever looked in the mirror to groom yourself for a second while driving?
Enough said. This list could go on and on, but the fact is, I answered yes to all the above. (I bet some of you did too?). I'm not proud, but these are small things that we do as drivers that could end in disaster. I've learned through the past year that all I should focus on while I'm driving is...driving. I can't say I'm perfect, but I've come a long way from the text crazy, distracted driver I once was.
Multitasking is a myth
Driving and cell phone conversations both require a great deal of thought. When doing them at the same time, your brain is unable to do either well. For example, it's nearly impossible to read a book and have a phone conversation. While driving, this often results in crashes due to delayed braking times and not seeing traffic signals.
Teens and Young Drivers
When asked how their driving is different when talking on the phone, at least half of all drivers report that talking on a phone makes no difference on their driving performance, and this increases to 60% of drivers under age 35 thinking it makes no difference. Two out of 10 drivers say they drive slower.
The Free Cell Phone Policy Kit
Employers have realized the dangers of cell phone use while driving and are taking action by passing policies to prevent cell phone distracted driving. The National Safety Council recommends policies that prohibit both hands-free and handheld devices and apply to all employees. Learn the facts by downloading The Free Cell Phone Policy Kit.
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