Tips For Preventing Distracted Driving

Definition

Distracted driving is a form of impaired driving since the judgment of the driver is impaired and does not give full attention to the road. The distractions driving may include: talking on the cell phone, texting, reading (a book, a map, newspaper), use a GPS, watch a video or a movie, listen to loud music and talking to passengers. Driving while tired is also a form of distracted driving.

Nowadays there are causes for numerous accidents, unfortunately they are not all mentioned in the newspapers. Indeed, the press tends to focus on those due to distraction, encouraging people not to use their technological gadgets (tablets, mobile phones,…) while driving. But in truth, there are many driving habits and behavior affecting the safety of our drivers.

We still do not mention enough, but speeding is the worst habits that drivers may have. For example, they do not hesitate to put the pedal to the metal when the traffic thins after a large cap. Time is precious, so they try to catch up, even if it goes against the rules of the road and its speed limits.

A recent study of the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) located in the UK, the most common factor in road accidents on the roads is the lack of attention. Carelessness, eagerness and recklessness are also cited. As for “aggressive driving”, it also is among the main causes of accidents.

In this article, our safety tips are implied but pay attention to this. These are generally only bad habits that can be corrected.  For example: When you drive put your laptop in the trunk of your car, at least you will not be tempted to watch it.

Distracted driving:

Slows reaction; Impairs judgment; conducting a risk of falling asleep at the wheel can cause injury or death to the driver, passengers, or other persons.

The fine

The legal consequences of distracted driving may vary depending on circumstances. In some provinces, a person can be exposed to a fine of $ 500 and can lose up to 4 demerit points. Each province and territory has its own laws regarding the use of cell phones while driving because it is the leading cause of distracted driving among young adults.

Exceptions

There are special circumstances in which it is safe to use the cell phone. If you see a dangerous driver to swerve or drive erratically, stop your vehicle on the side of the road safely and call 9-1-1.

Gather as much information as possible: the direction in which the driver was heading, the street where he was, the make and model of vehicle, etc. It might be useful to also have the number of the license plate.

Do NOT call 9-1-1 if you see someone using a cell phone without making dangerous maneuvers. In this case, please call the rather non-emergency line of your local police department to do the reporting. You can find the number to call in your area on the Web site of your local police department.

Measures to reduce driver distractions?

Driving requires our full attention. Here are some solutions to distracted driving for safe driving:

Route planning – you must plan the journey before getting in the car to have a good idea of where you are going and how to get there. Please allow time to reach your destination, taking into account narrow and crowded roads to avoid traffic jam and plan the best time to go.

If using a GPS system, it should program its path before starting the vehicle. If the GPS device can announce the turns, it is advised to activate this feature. The selected volume should allow guidelines to be heard clearly without having to throw a glance at the device.

Cell storage – Cell must be out of reach. It can reduce the temptation by keeping the device out of sight, for example in the trunk or in a bag, and cutting off the ring. Most smart phones can now be configured to send an automatic reply to a text message or a call received.

Passengers – Passengers of a vehicle are a common distraction. This is why some provinces restrict the number of passengers allowed in a vehicle driven by a learner. It is good to ask passengers to remain silent when a risky situation occurs on the road because the driver’s attention will be diverted from the road if he or she speaks with passengers or listening. When silence reigns, it is also easier to decide what the safest action.

There is a difference between talking to fellow passengers and talk to someone on the phone. Indeed, the person on the other end will not know when to keep silent, since he cannot see the security risks.

  • Food and beverages – It is best to avoid eating and drinking while driving. If necessary, wait until stopping at a red light.
  • Music – Music should never be strong to the point of being able to hear a siren or screeching brakes of another vehicle.
  • Grooming – must primping at home, not while you drive the vehicle.

Storing objects in a safe place – All items like handbags, backpacks and coats must be placed in the trunk or stored safely on the ground, under the seat, so they will not move suddenly if you brake urgently. Items that arise can prevent the driver to concentrate on the road.

For example, items falling from a handbag can attract the driver’s attention, which they could instinctively try to pick them up.

To reduce the risk of driving while tired?

Source Image: 911tracker-blog.com

Source Image: 911tracker-blog.com

Sometimes it is difficult to predict when you feel tired. But it is important to recognize that if you’re tired, you should drive the vehicle. Anyone can be taken with fatigue;

Here are some tips to reduce the risk that happen to you in the car:

  • Make sure you get enough sleep before hitting the road
  • During long trips, switch drivers every few hours; you should not drive until you’re too tired to continue – change driver before you get too tired
  • Not planning to travel before or after your usual hours of sleep
  • Drive the day as much as possible
  • Take medication without drowsiness or foresee another means of transportation if you have to take drugs that cause drowsiness
  • Travel with someone who can help you stay alert
  • Take a nap before the trip

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