The Dangers of Distracted Driving
By now you know that talking on the phone while driving is a bad idea, but there’s more than one way to keep your eyes off the road!
Having two or more peer passengers more than triples the risk of a total crash when there’s a teen behind the wheel.
- The Solution: Know when you’re being distracted and don’t be afraid to speak up. If they are your friend, they will respect you and quiet down. If they aren’t your friend feel free to kick them out.
Music itself may soothe the savage beast, but constantly fiddling with the knobs can be a death sentence. According to a National Safety Council report, adjusting the stereo knobs accounted for 11.4% of all driver distractions. whether it’s one ear bud or two, headphones are a major distraction.
- The Solution: Establish a playlist that you like beforehand and that’s that.
Handy GPS gizmos may be more distracting than you think. Britain’s Privilege insurance found that 19% of drivers were distracted when using GPS devices.
- The Solution: GPS is a handy tool, but relying on it 100% can be dangerous. You should have a good idea where you’re going before you head out.
49% of all drivers consider eating or drinking to be a distraction.
- The Solution: If you must eat, eat something that you don’t need both hands for. French fries are better than a carne asada burito.
It may seem like second nature, but a 5-year study found that smoking was a factor in 9% of all distracted crashes.
- The Solution: If you are that much of a smoker, invest in nicotine gum or lozenges, or use a patch while driving or you know, just quit.
In 2011, 10% of all injury crashes were reportedly affected by distraction.
- The Solution: Ideally you should just turn off your phone, but if you can’t bring yourself to do that, at least install text blockers or use Siri.
7. Pet Distractions:
Having a pet in the car can be more of a distraction than you think. The AAA says that taking your eyes off the road for just 2 seconds actually doubles the chances of getting into an accident.
- The Solution: You may think you’re doing your pet a favor, but too much attention away from the road and you’ll make things much worse – for both of you
Drowsy driving is responsible for more than 100,000 crashes each year. It’s likely responsible for many more accidents that go unreported.
- The Solution: You can do one of these things: plan ahead and get enough sleep, start crushing energy drinks, or pull over to take a quick nap. Better to drive late than not to drive at all
How to Park Your Car Correctly
Keep three things in mind; accuracy for not going over the kerb, control to keep at a steady pace and observation
- Find Suitable Spot
Find a suitable spot for parking. Look for a space you can safely get your car into without hitting another car
- Study the Space
Study the space as you drive up. When you see the space, signal towards it and slow down. Pull up next to the car in front of the space. Your car should be away from the parked vehicles about the normal amount of separation you have when driving down the street.
Turn the wheel and start reversing. Check the driver-side mirror to make sure the street behind you is clear of traffic before you begin to back up.
- Back into Space
Back most of the way in. Release the brakes and slowly begin turning somewhat sharply and backing in to the space. While backing into the space, often check in front of and around your car. Continue until the rear wheel facing the curb is nearly as close as the final distance desired and the rear end of the car is still a few feet from the car behind.
Straighten out as you finish pulling in.Turn the steering wheel to the left once the rear of your vehicle is mostly in the space, still going backward. You’ll manoeuvre completely into the space and straighten out your car at the same time.
- Move to Starting Point
Move car forward to the start point. Allow at least 8 feet between the cars in the row your parking in and your car.
- Turn the Wheel
Turn your wheel when the front bumper is beyond the taillights of the space before and your shoulder is even with the painted line before parking space
- Enter the Space
Turn the wheel and slowly enter the space. Straighten your wheels when your hood passes the center of the space.
- Pull Ahead
Pull ahead so that your bumper is about foot from the car in front of you. Make sure the back of your bumper is not sticking out of the space
Pay Attention: The vast majority of accidents involving parking a car is a result of lack of attention of the driver
The Challenges of safe Driving
- Red lights
7.3 million red light violations every year are result of distracted driving
Children are 12 times more distracting to a driver than talking on a cell phone
- Fleet Truck
7 out of 10 fleet companies have written policies to regulate distracted driving
Nearly 50,000 cyclists were killed or injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2011
- Cell Phones
660, 000 drivers are using cell phones while driving at any given moment during the day
- Car Radio
25% of car accidents in the US are a result of driver distractions -changing the station changes your focus from the road to the radio
Drivers who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be in or near a crash?
Based on a recent survey, 50% of teens use their cell phone while driving, both to talk and text
84% of pet owners travel with their pets in automobile
70% of people admit to eating while driving
The Three Key Types of Distraction
Taking your eyes off the the wheel
Taking your eyes off the road
Taking your mind off driving
5 Tips For Safe Driving
- Put your phone on silent to avoid temptation from incoming calls and messages. If you need to make a call, pull over to a safe area first.
- Make sure you are well rested before any road trip. To avoid drowsiness, take turns driving or take breaks to fuel up on food and water.
- Prepare for the drive ahead – eat, review maps, program your favorite radio stations – before any road trip.
- Obey posted speed limits and always maintain a safe distance from other vehicle on the road.
- Talk to your kids about safe driving habits before they reach driving age and remember they will learn by example!