Losing a loved one has an impact that lasts forever.
Distracted driving claims many lives each year and permanently changes many more.
Roughly 100 people die in car accidents every day—the number one cause of unintentional death in the America. Ninety percent of all accidents are due to driver error and 26 percent of accidents are because someone was talking on the phone.
Distracted driving is no joke. Drivers can miss seeing up to 50 percent of what's going on around them while talking on any kind of phone, even a hands-free device. (Via National Safety Council.)
For each individual involved in one of these accidents, there are countless friends and family affected.
Like any other dangerous situation, this can be avoided. When "distracted driving" pops into your head, you probably think of texting and talking on the phone. While these are obvious culprits, they are not the only distractions.
Others include but are not limited to:
• Talking to those in the car with you
• Eating or drinking
• Grooming, doing makeup, etc.
• Looking at a map
• Using a GPS
• Having a pet on your lap
• Officiating a fight amongst your children
• Listening to music with earbuds
• Watching videos
• Blowing your nose
• Trying to get a bug out of the car
• Adjusting your seat
• Adjusting the radio
• Looking for Pokémon (sad but true)
The list goes on and on but the bottom line is all of this can wait. With the new school year upon us, it is important to always keep these distractions in mind and know that nothing is more important than the safety of those around us. Driving is a privilege, not a right.
According to AAA, six of every 10 crashes involving a teen are due to distracted driving. Two-thirds of the people injured in these crashes are not the driver of the vehicle at fault.
This is an epidemic that sees its numbers grow every year. If just one person reads this and changes their driving practices, it will have made a difference.
"Eliminating Distracted Driving - 4 the Right Reasons" is a presentation by DiVal Safety's own Dale Lesinski that addresses how to get employees and employers alike to adopt and value safe behavior while driving.
Jacy Good, one of DiVal's Safety Motivational Speakers, was recently featured in a video aimed to eliminate distracted driving among teens. Her personal tragedy truly resonates with teens and adults alike. Click here to watch Jacy's video.
For more information on Dale Lesinski's "Eliminating Distracted Driving - 4 the Right Reasons" or Jacy Good's "Hang Up and Drive" presentation, please contact Wylie Davidson at (716) 710-3143 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sources: National Safety Council, AAA.