WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?
· Moving objects
· Using devices/controls to operate the vehicle
· Adjusting audio or climate controls
· Eating or drinking
· Using or reaching for a device brought into the car
· Other occupants
· Outside person, object, or event
· Cellphone use
· Generally distracted or “lost in thought”
TIPS TO PREVENT DISTRACTED DRIVING
· Make adjustments before you begin your trip. Address your GPS, seats, mirrors, climate controls, and sound systems before hitting the road.
· Secure children and pets before getting underway. If they need your attention, pull off the road safely to care for them.
· Put aside electronic distractions. Never use cell phones while driving.
· If another activity demands your attention, instead of trying to attempt it while driving, pull off the road and stop your vehicle in a safe place.
· If you cannot devote your full attention to driving because of some other activity, it’s a distraction. Take care of it before or after your trip, not while behind the wheel.
FACTS ABOUT TEXTING AND DRIVING
· 5 seconds is the minimal amount of attention that a driver who texts takes away from the road. If traveling at 55 mph, this equals driving the length of a football field without looking at the road.
· Texting makes a crash up to 23 times more likely.
· Teens who text while driving spend 10% of the time outside their lane.
· 19% of drivers of all ages admit to surfing the web while driving.
· 40% of teens say that they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone.
· The most recent National Occupant Protection Use Survey finds that women are more likely than men to reach for their cell phones while driving.
· 9 in 10 teens expect a reply to a text within five minutes or less, which puts pressure on them to respond while driving.
For more information contact the Office of Community Health at (630)483-5665 or email email@example.com