Safety Tips & Resources for NMDU Drivers
Leading the list of the top distractions behind the wheel are mobile phones. Phones now do more than just place calls and drivers often cannot pull away thier phones even when driving. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, studies have shown that driving performance is lowered and the level of distraction is highest for drivers who are heavily engaged in cell phone conversations. The use of a hands free device does not lower distraction levels. The percentage of vehicle crashes and near crashes attributed to dialing is nearly identical to the number associated with talking or listening. Stay Alive. Don't Text and Drive.
Many people will admit to daydreaming behind the wheel or looking at a person or object outside thier vehicle for too long. Perhaps they're checking out a house in a new neighborhood or thought they saw someone on the street corner. It can be easy to veer into the direction your eyes are focused, causing an accident. In addition to trying to stay focused on the road some drivers prefer the help of lane departure warning systems.
Those who haven't quite mastered the art of walking and chewing gum at the same time may want to avoid eating while driving. The majority of foods require a persons hands to be taken off the wheel and thier eyes to be diverted from the road. Reaching across the vehicle to share some French fries with a passenger is also distracting. Try to eat meals before getting behind the wheel. For those who must snack while en route take a moment to pull over at a rest area and spend 10 minutes there before resuming your route.
Glancing at an advertisement, updating a Facebook status or reading a book or magazine are all activities that should be avoided when driving. Even pouring over a traffic map or consulting the digital display of a GPS system can be distracting.