This post was sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ “Decide to Drive”distracted driving awareness program, in partnership with the Auto Alliance, to remind you to always “decide to drive.” More info at DecideToDrive.org.
What is distracted driving?
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.
What are drivers doing?
Drivers snack, primp, make calls and text while driving. They program their navigation systems, read maps… I’ve even seen people reading books or the newspaper in traffic. Really? Yikes! Even something as simple as adjusting the radio takes a drivers eye off the road.
What are drivers missing?
Consider what drivers might be missing when distracted? A child running after a ball, a girl riding a bike, a stop sign. The outcome of missing any one of these things can be disastrous to those both inside and outside the vehicle.
Consider the consequences of distracted driving
If a driver causes an accident while distracted, consider the ramifications. One could take away amazing moments like these from a family. The next time you might be having distracted behaviors behind the wheel, remember the moments in your life that you would not want anyone to take away from you.
The best way to end distracted driving is to educate others about the dangers it can create. Spread the word. Tell your friends and family to think about their behaviors behind the wheel.
Do you know someone who is a dangerous driver but you’re too afraid to tell them? Send him or her the “Wreck-less Checklist” anonymously through DecideToDrive.org. Your friends will know someone who cares about them thinks they might need it but the email will come directly from Decide to Drive.
Best Safety Features
A Cars Best Safety Feature is THE DRIVER! Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel and #DecideToDrive!
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.