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Focus on Safety: The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving

Thanksgiving is coming up, which means a lot more traveling and people on the road.

At FleetMode, we want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday. Though driving distracted seems unavoidable at times with rambunctious children in the back seat, eating meals on the go, unruly pets, navigation apps, grooming or “rubber necking” (i.e. stopping to stare at a traffic accident or reading a billboard on the highway), there are ways to make your family’s trip a safe one.

For those unaware of the true dangers of distracted driving, the latest statistics from the NHTSA give us a grim glimpse of the consequences. There are over 3,000 fatalities and 424,000 people were injured as a result of distracted driving (NHTSA) a year, and many distracted driving accidents go underreported.

So what’s the best way to end distracted driving and ensure a safe and happy holiday? Educate drivers (and passengers) about the serious dangers it causes.

Here are a few tips from an article titled “Focus on Safety” by Julie Smith:

1. Turn off your phone! Cell phones and hand held devices cause potentially deadly cognitive and manual distractions. No text or social media update is worth a life. If you find yourself frequently tempted, try a solution such as AT&T DriveMode or FleetMode.

2. Have a designated navigator/DJ in the car with you for long road trips. As the driver, your sole job is to arrive safely and pay attention, so have your navigator figure out where you’re going or find the perfect Pandora station.

3. Eat, drink, smoke, read, put on makeup, etc. before you start driving so that you won’t be tempted to participate in any activities that take your eyes and mind off the road.

4. Keep the kids occupied and plan ahead to predict anything they may want on the trip, and separate them (if possible) in case of any behavioral conflicts.

5. Secure your pets! Even though we love our furry friends they can certainly cause some major distractions while driving.

For more information on how to stay safe behind the wheel, read through our blog archive or visit AT&T’s ItCanWait campaign’s website. Happy Thanksgiving from the FleetMode team!