June is National Safety Month
Facts about texting and driving
- 5 seconds is the minimal amount of time 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
- 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 use their cell phones while driving
- 90% of teens expect a reply to a text within 5 minutes or less, which puts pressure on them to respond while driving
Tips for preventing distracted driving
- Make adjustments, such as your GPS, seats, mirrors, climate controls, and sound systems before you begin your trip
- If children or pets need your attention, pull off the road safely to care for them.
- Put aside electronic distractions. Never use cell phones while driving
- 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.
What is distracted driving?
- Using controls to operate the vehicle
- Adjusting audio or climate controls
- Eating or drinking
- Other occupants
- Moving objects
- Cellphone use
- Outside person, object, or event
- Using or reaching for a device in the car
- Generally distracted or “lost in thought”
For additional information, or to schedule an appointment contact the Office of Community Health at (630) 483-5665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org