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More than 40,000 people were killed on the roads last year and every 40,000 of those deaths were 100% preventable. Multi-tasking in the car is a dangerous myth. April is Distracted Driving Awareness month and we’d like to unpack what that really means. Distracted driving doesn’t just mean checking that last text message that could’ve waited for you to pull over or waited until your final destination. Distracted driving can look like these scenarios as well…

·       Using your cell phone – this includes navigation, phone calls, texts, social media, watching a video

·       Eating and drinking

·       Grooming, beautifying

·       Watching the rear-view mirror to ref between your children or communicate to them

 

Car crashes caused by distracted driving are a widespread societal problem, and also a problem for workplaces. Vehicle accidents and collisions are the number one cause of workplace death, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all workplace fatalities according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And that doesn’t account for the accidents that occur during worker’s commutes to and from their workplace.

·       1.6 million accidents yearly have a cell phone involved – that’s 64% of all accidents in the United States

·       80% if drivers admit to distracting behaviors such as changing clothes, painting nails, and shaving

·       78% of distracted drivers are distracted because they are texting or checking an email while driving

·       Texting while driving is SIX TIMES more likely to cause an accident than drunk driving

·       It takes an average of three seconds after a driver’s mind is taken off the road for any road accident to occur.

 

So, before you load everyone in the car on get on the road, here are some tips that can help you stay focused on the road and JUST DRIVE:

·       Finish your grooming

·       Pick your playlist

·       Finish eating or having that cup of coffee

·       Put you cell phone out of sight

·       Wrap up conversations

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In honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, NSC is offering a free 45-minute Distracted Driving Online Course from April 15-21, 2018. Participants have 14 days to complete the course from the day of sign up. Visit safetyserve.com/ddam