Posted by Kimber Harding
June 3, 2015
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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month!
Leading Safety Into the Future
What is distracted driving?
According to the CDC, there are three main categories that driving distractions fall into.
- Visual: Taking your eyes off the road.
- Manual: Taking your hands off the wheel.
- Cognitive: Taking your mind off of driving.
Below are some examples of what this can look like. Notice how some of these occur across multiple categories! This is why texting while driving is so dangerous. It combines all three!
What are examples of distracted driving?
- Using a cell phone or smart phone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
- and any other non-driving activity using your attention
How many have of these have you done?
According to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in Utah the police are allowed to
pull you over and ticket you for texting and driving ... AND THEY SHOULD!
Who drives distracted
a recent study, researchers from the University of Utah found that when situational circumstances were pretty much the same, "the impairments associated with using a cell phone while driving can be as profound as those associated with driving drunk."
distracted? This health issue is unique because anyone can be a distracted driver. After looking at the list of examples mentioned previously, you can see how easy it is to become distracted. Although millions of people may change the radio station while driving, all it takes is one radio station change at the wrong place and the wrong time to have negative consequences. Since most of us use some sort of vehicle everyday, we sometimes forget that cars and automobiles are powerful devices, capable of great assistance as well as great harm. Here is a great video that describes parental distracted driving.
Parents, Be the the Driver You Want Your Teen to Be
What can YOU do?
the pledge to drive cellphone-free! View
this website for helpful links, videos, and infographics. And remind everyone you know to arrive alive by not being distracted when driving!
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