Vehicles have more safety features than ever before, so why are there more than 5 distracted driving crashes every hour in Florida? According to Dictionary.com, distracted driving is defined as, “driving a vehicle while engaging in an activity that has the potential to distract the driver from the task of driving.” While cell phones are likely the first thing that comes to mind, other risky behaviors include (but are not limited to) eating or drinking, interacting with passengers, grooming or applying makeup, and even watching events outside of the vehicle. Chris Hayes, a Travelers Risk Control safety professional said, “the fact is, everything that occupies your mind or your vision can contribute to distraction behind the wheel.”
So, how do we combat distracted driving? We put our cell phones down, keep our eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and focus solely on driving. Remember that every second matters and reaction times are critical. Choose to lead by example so you don’t become a statistic.
Interested in more information? Please take a look at this Distracted Driving Guide from Travelers.