We’re halfway through Distracted Driving Awareness month and hopefully you’ve been able to bring attention to this serious issue. To help sustain this initiative over the next few weeks, here’s a brief roundup of four great resources that highlight how distracted driving puts everyone on the road at risk—and one that outlines some practical solutions.
Top 10 Causes of Distracted Driving – Some of the causes of distracted driving—like eating in the car or using cellphones—will be no surprise to anyone. But do you know how often each cause is a role in a fatal collision? The #1 cause of distracted driving will also be a surprise to more than a few people.
Hands-free Doesn’t Mean Risk-free – Produced by the NSC, this great infographic shows how dangerous distraction is. It also points out the three components of driving safely: hands on the wheel, eyes on the road and mind on driving. That means using a phone hands-free is just as dangerous as talking on a handheld device because it still takes your mind off the task at hand.
Should We Ban the Car Radio? – If distracted driving is so dangerous should we eliminate radios and other audio devices in cars? This article reviews a debate that’s been around since the 1930s and discusses what a ban on car stereos has in common with well-intentioned legislation that limits texting and cellphone use while driving.
Free Distracted Driving Guide – If you’re going to check out one distracted driving resource this month then this should be it. The Driving Distraction Away guide is a free downloadable document that talks about the phenomenon of distracted driving and, more importantly, what can be done to reduce distracted driving on and off the job.