A message from Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety:
In order to solve the distracted driving problem, each of us must evaluate our own performance, and accept the full responsibility that a license to drive entails. In some cases, this may mean that we need to educate ourselves about concerns we were unaware of, such as the fact that "hands-free" doesn't mean "risk-free." In other cases, though, our research shows that many of us really do "get it," but need to shift from an attitude of "Do as I say, not as I do," to one of "leading by example." This requires honestly assessing whether our attitudes are consistent with our behaviors, and holding ourselves to the same standards we apply to "the other guy."
Monday, November 11, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
We are pleased to present the article below by guest blogger Alicia Lawrence:
Rule the Road: 5 Ways to Break the Habit of Distracted Driving
We all know that driving while distracted is not just a bad way to get somewhere – it can be deadly. According to the Canadian Automobile Association, distracted drivers are responsible for 4 million accidents in North America every year.
Operating a vehicle allows you the freedom to go anywhere you want, when you want, but arriving at your destination safely should always be the ultimate goal.
But you get a million texts, tweets, and other info from your phone. And drive-thru restaurants are everywhere on the road. How do you block out the noise and just enjoy driving?
Here are 5 key tips to keep your head in the game and break any unsafe habits.
1. Turn Off the Phone
Okay, this may seem like something you’d never want to do, but you can easily turn off the audio notifications of social media like Twitter, Facebook, email and other apps and services.
Just set your phone to airplane mode or at least to vibrate. Then ignore it! Nothing’s more important than safe driving.
Studies show that the biggest distractions while driving are from your electronic devices, and it’s so easy to fix this problem. You can always pick up your messages in a few seconds when you’re at your destination.
If you absolutely have to answer a call or text, you must pull over to the side of the road. Just park the car and then talk. It takes only seconds but can make the difference between being safe and causing a terrible accident.
2. Be an Expert Driver
This means knowing where you’re going so you don’t have to look up directions. Great drivers anticipate problems ahead of time and look for alternate routes or safer spots to stop and park.
Expert drivers also take care of themselves. Get enough sleep or, if you’re too tired to drive, pull off the road into a safe area for a nap. Controlling your vehicle is difficult when you can barely keep your eyes open. Studies have reported that in the United States, 37% of drivers have actually fallen asleep or ”spaced out” on the road.
Cognitive specialists say that being tired is similar to driving drunk — you can’t control your brain or reactions. So avoid getting into the driver’s seat if you haven’t had enough sleep.
3. Speaking of Driving Impaired, Don’t Do It
In the United States, drunk or impaired driving is responsible for 30 accidents every single day. That’s more than one accident each and every hour of the day.
If you are concerned about a friend’s drinking or if you think you have a problem abusing substances, check out a treatment facility. Top rehab centers can be found in every state — it’s up to you to take care of yourself before you hurt someone around you.
Blasting your music can be super fun at home, where you can dance and you don’t have to pay attention. But studies show that music, especially loud music, is a huge distraction to otherwise good drivers.
All you have to do is lower the volume on your car stereo and you will instantly be safer on the road. This goes double if you are chauffeuring your friends. Make sure your passengers are quiet, cool and behave well. You don’t need them ruining your stellar driving record.
5. Involve Your Friends
Become a leader in your friend group by being loud and proud of your safe driving record. Keep your hands on the wheel at all times and don’t crowd your car with too many passengers.
People always listen to confident, skilled drivers, so become one! Remove distractions from the car, don’t eat or put on makeup, and show your friends that you are excellent at keeping your eyes on the road. Soon everyone will want to follow your lead.Alicia Lawrence
Sunday, July 28, 2013
The fundraising deadline is fast approaching for the planned Text Kills® documentary "Smartphones of Mass Destruction." Text Kills® is a donation-supported outreach program that partners with law enforcement, fire/safety authorities, schools, other non-profits, community outreach programs, and corporate safety officers in an effort to educate and increase public awareness concerning the dangers of cell phone use while driving or when used to bully and harass (text-bullying and cyber-bullying). Text Kills® works with Bully Buster USA™ in community outreach and safety awareness, dedicated to educating the public about the deadly issues of distracted driving and text-bullying. To help spread the Text Kills®' message of driver safety and responsibility, the Text Kills® Tour Bus traverses the country, collecting signatures on its sides from people pledging not to text and drive.
The Text Kills® “Indiegogo” project is designed to create a one-of-a-kind, educational documentary that focuses on four main aspects of the relatively new, and very dangerous byproduct, of using mobile technology while driving. They will explore and expose what happens chemically in the brain when people engage in texting while driving (TWD), hear from esteemed psychologists on how TWD changes our behavior and affects us psychologically and emotionally, look at the latest technology trends in mobile communications (including an exploration of what lies ahead in terms of technology design), and analyze the “what” and the “why” behind various state and federal initiatives that lawmakers are now planning as part of their effort to discourage distracted driving. Learn more here, including the various perks for all levels of donations. This is a great project with the potential to reach countless people and help save lives.
A cool interactive graphic from the writers of InsuranceQuote.orgs highlights the various causes and dangers of distracted driving. Check it out here.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Adults are the biggest offenders when it comes to texting-while-driving in the U.S.--and they know it's wrong. Almost half of all adults admit to texting while driving in a survey by AT&T compared with 43% of teenagers. More than 98% of adults - almost all of them - admit they know it's wrong. Six in 10 say they weren't doing it three years ago. These disconcerting findings follow an extensive national campaign against distracted driving: 39 states and the District of Columbia ban texting while driving for all drivers, and an additional five states prohibit the practice for new drivers, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The AT&T survey follows a study this month from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found 31% of drivers in the U.S. reported texting or e-mailing while driving. Read more.