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Be the Ultimate Multitasking Driver

Be the Ultimate Multitasking Driver

Distracted Driver

Come on, do you really think we’d encourage you to steer your eyes off the road while driving? When it comes to multitasking, Americans are one of a kind. Just look to your left and right next time you’re at a stoplight. You’ll likely spot someone yammering on their cell, another fiddling with the radio, someone else breaking up a fight between the kids in the backseat, and another doing all three.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), at any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that’s held steady since 2010. That’s quite a few unfocused drivers.

What happens to those unfocused drivers? “Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,060 are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver,” cites the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

With all these multitasking maniacs on the road, here are some tips to stay safe and alert:

  • Leave your phone alone. That TXT can W8T. Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident, reports the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Most states prohibit texting while driving and there are several states that prohibit the use of hand-held cell phones.
  • Secure the kiddos. Make sure your most precious cargo is buckled up before hitting the road. If you do need to reach in the backseat to secure their buckle or break up World War III, pull over and put the car in park before you do so. That way, you won’t accelerate or decelerate unnecessarily or veer out of your lane, and you can give your kids the attention they need.
  • Avoid snacking. Taking the time to open an energy bar or clean up scalding coffee is precious time your eyes and hands are off the road. According to the NHTSA, 80% of all car accidents are caused by drivers that are more interested in their burgers and burritos than the road.
  • Primp at home or at your destination. Get to where you need to go before you whip out the hair gel or mascara. Primp while the car is parked, or use the restroom at work to apply the finishing touches to your look.

In addition to getting in an accident, you could also receive a hefty fine for distracted driving. Many states have already passed legislation prohibiting cell-phones (even hands-free devices) and other distracting activities like personal grooming, reading, and writing. For specific information on your state’s laws, visit distraction.gov



 
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