Avoid Distracted Driving
If you drive and are not able to give all of your attention to your driving, you are creating a distracted driving situation. As are result, you are risking the safety of yourself, any passengers and the public at large. By taking a few simple steps Young Drivers of Canada believes that you can make a difference on the road today. These steps are simple and don’t take much but the difference can be life or death.
- Pull over to a safe location when you want to use the phone or answer it. Hands-free cell phones require concentration that should be focused on the road, and not on the phone.
- Keep both hands on the wheel. Do not text message. Multitasking is not something that needs to be done in a car. Did you know that reviewing or writing a text message can result in a vehicle leaving the road, crashing or hitting a barrier. Texting and driving is not something that should be done under any circumstances.
- Don’t Eat in the Car. Your car is not a restaurant. Driving while eating, including driving is a distraction. These actions also decrease your reaction time in the event you need to respond suddenly to steer out of danger. You simply won’t be able to if your hands are full.
- Avoid playing the music loud or using headphones while driving. Driving requires that you pay attention to what is going on around you. If you can’t hear an emergency vehicle you are placing yourself and others at risk.
- Avoid passenger distractions. Don’t get into heavy conversations or arguments with your passenger. Keep your eyes on the road and not on your passenger.
Young Drivers of Canada offers driver education courses that teach drivers how to avoid distraction while driving. Using a cellphone can increase your chances of being in a collision by 4 times. You can only do one thing at a time when you are driving and that is driving. Multi tasking entails drivers to shift their attention back and forth between tasks. Driving needs to have your full attention!