“One Text or Call Could Wreck it all” – Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Dr. Grace Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist and Nutritionist, says distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Distractions endanger the driver, passenger, and bystander’s safety.Distracted Driving

Don’t text and drive! Texting is one of the most dangerous forms of distraction. It involves taking your hand off the wheel, your eyes off the road, and your mind off driving. That sounds like a recipe for disaster!

Here are some tips to help you stay safe:

  1. Practice Defensive Driving: You need to be fully focused on driving when you are behind the wheel. Actively scan the road, use your mirrors and watch out for pedestrians and cyclists.
  2. Keep Distractions out of Reach: Secure items in your car so they do not become a distraction.
  3. Make Adjustments Before you Leave: Before you leave, adjust your mirrors, seats, GPS, climate control or sound system.
  4. Get Ready at Home: Don’t save shaving, doing your makeup, or putting on jewelry for your drive, finish before you leave and eliminate this distraction.
  5. Don’t Eat While Driving: Eat snacks or meals before or after your trip, or pull over to eat.
  6. Secure Children and Pets: Do not reach in the backseat if your attention is needed. Pull off the road to care for your child or pet.
  7. Avoid Cell Phones: Using cell phones while driving is dangerous.  Only use them in emergency.
  8. Enlist Help: If you have passengers, ask them to help minimize distractions.

Take the pledge to drive cell phone free at: https://www.nsc.org/forms/distracteddriving_pledge.aspx

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