National Safety Council Safety Month in June, Week 4, Distracted Driving

NSC cell 1Our final week of National Safety Month in June, Distracted Driving, is a very important topic. The majority of us have cell phones and use them constantly at work and at home. Our company has a strict policy regarding cell phone use. Anyone that is driving a company automobile MUST use a Bluetooth device and MUST have the phone call in place before driving. No texting of any kind is allowed. It is always best to conduct any cell phone business while in park.

The National Safety Council  says that many people know texting while driving increases crash risk. But cell phone conversation while driving is also risky. Talking on hands-free or handheld cell phones requires the brain to multitask – a process it cannot do safely while driving. According to the National Safety Council, about 100 people die every day in car crashes and cell phone use is the No. 1 cause of unintentional deaths in the U.S.NSC cell 2

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

•Texting
•Using a cell phone or smartphone
•Eating and drinking
•Talking to passengers
•Grooming
•Reading, including maps
•Using a navigation system
•Watching a video
•Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.

The best way to end distracted driving is to educate all Americans about the danger it poses.

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Tips:

Multi-Tasking:  The Big Myth

The brain quickly toggles between tasks but can’t do two things at the same time. The activity in the area of the brain that processes moving images decreases by up to 1/3 when listening or talking on a phone.

Drivers looking out the windshield can miss seeing up to 50% of what’s around them when talking on any kind of a cell phone.

New studies show using voice-to-text is more distracting than typing texts by hand!

 

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