Distractions on the road come in many forms. If you or someone else you know think you can drive just fine while talking on your phone, eating, or adjusting navigation, think about this:
More than 450,000 people were injured in crashes that reportedly involved distracted driving in 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And 40,000 Americans died on the roads in 2016, which is a very significant increase in deaths during the last decade.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation website. There are three main kinds of distractions:
- Visual – taking your eyes off the road
- Manual –taking your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive – taking your mind off what you’re doing
Whether someone you love has been known to text and drive, or you have found yourself distracted behind the wheel, these 10 tips may help.
- Use Do Not Disturb on your iPhone or other mobile devices. This way you can silence calls, alerts, and notifications that you receive. If your mobile phone does not have a “do not disturb” mode perhaps use a phone app to help resist temptation? Some examples we have found are listed below, however, there are many more to choose from.
- TrueMotion Mojo offers coaching and positive motivation to help teens become better drivers. The app automatically begins tracking a trip when it detects driving behavior. Participants earn points if they avoid swiping their smartphone screen, typing and taking or making calls.
- AT&T DriveMode helps minimize distractions to help teens become better drivers. The app includes features such as blocking smartphone notifications, calls and texting while a teen is driving. It can also send alerts to parents if the app is turned off or features are disabled.
Whenever you’re on the road, it’s not a time to multi-task. Focus on driving safely.
More information and statistics can be found here:
- Safeco Insurance – Avoid Deadly Distractions
- Travelers Insurance – Distracted Driving Quiz
- Progressive Insurance – High tech Solutions
- Britton and Britton blog – 5 Reasons Texans May See a Rise in Auto Insurance Premiums