Focus on the Road Not Your Phone

textingdriverThere are many potential distractions for drivers, so it is important to eliminate as many of these distractions as possible. Using a cell phone while driving is one such distraction. Putting the cell phone away allows drivers to keep their eyes and attention on the road, as well as their hands on the wheel. Cell phone use, especially texting, requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention. This means that during the process of sending a text, drivers are taking their eyes off the road, their hands off the steering wheel, and their attention off the road ahead of them. Talking on the phone may not require visual attention, but it does involve taking a hand off of the steering wheel and pulling the driver’s attention away from the road and to the conversation. Even if hands-free technology is used, drivers are focused more on the conversation being had than on the potential dangers on the road.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports on accidents involving cell phone use and the results are eye-opening.In 2011, there were 826,000 non-fatal accidents involving a distracted driver. Of these accidents 50,000 involved cell phone use. Each of these accidents resulted in property damage or injuries. It was estimated that 21,000 people were injured in accidents related to cell phone use. The age group with the highest percentage of distracted driving crashes involving cell phone use was 15 to 19 year-olds. Overall about 20% of teenagers admit to sending multiple text messages while on the road and 10% of parents admit the same. It is also reported that the average time a driver’s eyes are off the road when texting is about five seconds, which if driving at 55pmh is enough time to travel the length of a football field.

Being aware of the potential dangers created by using a cell phone while driving can help to deter the behavior. It is essential for drivers to keep their full attention on the road and put down their cell phones. If it is necessary, turning off the cell phone while in the car can help completely eliminate the urge to use it. If making a call or sending a text cannot be avoided, find a safe place to pull over before doing so. Putting down cell phones while driving can help drivers avoid potential accidents as well as potential injuries that may result.

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Road Trip Tips

roadtriptipsWhether you are planning a short road trip or a long road trip, it is important to stay focused on the road to avoid a car accident. Getting ready for a road trip can be exciting especially when thinking about the destination, but making road safety preparations is essential for the journey.  Before setting out on a road trip keep these tips in mind:

  • Make sure your car is maintained, such as your tires, brakes, windshield wipers, lights.
  • Get plenty of sleep to ensure alertness during the drive.
  • Know your route before starting your journey.
  • Make sure all luggage and other items are stored properly so you won’t be distracted by any movement.

Once out on the road, there are other tips to keep in mind to help ensure a safe arrival as your destination:

  • Always have your seat belt on and make sure your passengers do as well.
  • Don’t use your cell phone, especially for texting.
  • Keep the radio down, and avoid adjusting it frequently.
  • Follow the posted speed limit signs.
  • Keep your eyes on the road at all times.
  • Be prepared for any increases in traffic and potential delays along the way.
  • If you feel tired, find a safe place to take a short nap if necessary.
  • Avoid eating while driving, instead try to eat any meals during rest stops.
  • Do not drive too closely to the car in front of you.
  • Avoid reckless maneuvers, such as weaving in and out of traffic.
  • Safely get out of the way of any aggressive drivers and don’t engage them with eye contact or gestures.

Road trips can be a lot of run, but they can also cause a bit of stress if traveling with multiple people. Make sure to keep your full attention on the road and don’t let your emotions affect your driving. When preparing for your next road trip, remember the tips above and enjoy the safe journey to your destination.

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Don’t Let Your Emotions Affect Your Driving

aggressive-drivingWhat is aggressive driving? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines it as when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.”  Many times drivers resort to aggressive driving due to stress.  They could be in a hurry to reach their destination, or dealing with issues at home or work.  It is important to keep emotions in check while driving because any reckless maneuver could result in a car accident.  In order to help avoid a car accident and the accompanying injuries, follow these helpful tips to stay in control on the road.

  • Know that traffic is often inevitable, so allow sufficient time to reach your destination.
  • Avoid any unnecessary distractions, such as a phone call that may increase stress or frustration.
  • Follow the posted speed limits signs.
  • Leave plenty of space between you and the car ahead of you.
  • Avoid weaving in and out of traffic.
  • Don’t let other drivers affect your driving

You are only in control of your driving, so what should you do if you come across another driver driving aggressively? Here are few things to keep in mind should you cross paths with an aggressive driver.

  • Make sure to always have your seat belt on and all your passengers are wearing theirs as well.
  • Safely get out of the way of the aggressive driver as soon as possible.
  • Ignore any gestures made by the driver and avoid eye contact.
  • Do not engage the driver with any gestures that could cause further aggression.
  • Try to stay calm and keep your concentration on the road.

Stress can lead to frustration among drivers, which can turn into aggressive driving.  It is important to try and react calmly when faced with an aggressive driver.  If you, yourself, become frustrated behind the wheel, keep in mind the above tips to help avoid a car accident.  Aggressive driving can lead to potential injuries for not only the driver but other drivers on the road as well, so remember to stay in control of your emotions the next time you are out driving.

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Do You Know the Facts About Car Accidents?

CarAccidentFactsDo you know where the most car accidents occur or when they occur? How about which holiday periods have the most fatal crashes? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration complies data on all of this information and puts out reports with all of the facts. The following are some of the major findings from 2013 data:

  • There were 5,687,000 total traffic accidents which included:
    • 1,591,000 injury crashes
    • 4,066,000 property damage only crashes
  • There were a total of 2,313,000 people injured in car accidents.
  • The months with the most injury accidents were November, October, and December.
  • The months with the most fatal crashes were August, October, and September.
  • Most injury accidents occurred on Fridays while the least amount of injury accidents occurred on Sunday.
  • The time-frame with the most injury crashes was between the hours of 3pm and 6pm.
  • Even though severe weather can increase dangers of driving, most accidents occurred in normal weather conditions.
  • The majority of people injured in accidents were drivers followed by passengers.
  • California, Florida, and Georgia had the most fatalities.

Each of these facts shows the potential dangers that come with driving a car. Drivers cannot control one another, so it is important for each person to be in control of their own driving. Being aware of one’s surroundings and keeping your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road can help you avoid a car accident. Always wearing a seat belt and making sure every passenger is wearing a seat belt can also help prevent potential injuries in the event of a car accident. Putting down all distractions, such as cell phones, other electronics, food and drinks also helps you focus on the road and keep you aware of any potential dangers. Keeping your full attention on the road can help you avoid becoming a statistic in a NHSTA report.

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Plan Ahead: Don’t Drink and Drive

drunkdriving Many people like to wind down with a drink or two after a long day at work while others like to enjoy drinks with friends on the weekend. Whether you’re leaving a bar or a party, finding alternate transportation to get home after drinking is essential. Planning ahead helps keep you and others safe from injury. Avoid drunk driving yourself and help prevent others from driving drunk by following these tips:

  • If you are going out to drink, choose someone to be the designated driver before leaving.
  • If you are the designated driver, do not drink any alcoholic beverages.
  • If the whole group decides they want to drink, find a different form of transportation like a taxi.
  • If you notice that a friend has been drinking and is planning on driving home, take their keys and help them find another form of transportation.
  • If you’re throwing a party make sure to have non-alcoholic options for your guests in case they are the designated driver for their group.
  • If a guest at your party is unable to drive and can’t find alternate transportation, suggest they spend the night.

Taking necessary steps to avoid drunk driving can help save lives and help prevent potential injuries in the event of a car accident. Drinking and driving is not only against the law, but it put many lives in danger. MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, sheds light on the dangers of drinking and driving with the following data:

  • Two in three people will be involved in an accident involving drunk driving in their lifetime.
  • A person is injured in an alcohol-related accident every two minutes.
  • The age group of 21 to 25 has the highest rate of drunk drivers.
  • 290,000 people were injured in alcohol-related accidents in 2013.
  • In 2013, there was a total of 10,076 fatalities, which equates to one fatality every 52 minutes.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles compiles data regarding car accidents within Florida that involved drunk driving. Just like the above information, the following data from 2014 stresses the dangers that comes with drunk driving.

  • Of the 344,170 traffic accidents in Florida – 16,873 were suspected to have involved alcohol, while 5,660 were confirmed to have involved alcohol.
  • It is suspected that 7,362 injury crashes and 11,210 injuries were alcohol-related.
  • Of the confirmed 2,143 alcohol-related injury crashes, 3,387 injuries were reported.

This type of information puts the dangers of drinking and driving into perspective and shows the importance of planning ahead. The next time you are going to go out for drinks or to a party, make sure to have a plan for getting home safe.

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