We know that texting, programming the GPS, reaching for objects and taking our eyes off the road is risky, yet we still do it. Why?
These are the most common excuses:
“I am a good driver”
“I have never been in a crash”
“It’s just for a few seconds”
“Nothing bad will happen”
“I can multi-task”
More than 88% of those surveyed feel a threat to their safety from the use of cell phones by other drivers but more than 67% continue to use cell phones themselves. AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, November 2013, Traffic Safety Culture Index.
We are afraid and angered when other drivers use their cell phones for texting and talking but believe its okay for us to do so.
Must it take a personal tragedy for us to stop taking chances when we drive? Each of us has the power to save lives—Distracted driving crashes are 100% preventable.
If you have driven distracted with your children in the car, change the way you drive today. Model safe non-distracted driving every time you drive.
You have the power to decide how you will drive and how you expect to be driven by others. Friends don’t let friends drive distracted—when driven distracted by others speak up, protect yourself and let others know you care about their safety.
Talk with your employees about safe non-distracted driving and establish cell phone policies for your employees. Encourage them to speak with their families about safe driving. Lead by example.
Our distracted driving presentation was developed in collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Schedule a distracted driving presentation in your school, community, organization or workplace by contacting [email protected]