In 2017, 3,166 people lost their lives to distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Between food, makeup, entertainment systems and cell phones, drivers face multiple distractions that can make them a danger on the road.
- Don’t use your cell phone – One of the main distractions you can face while driving is your cell phone. Whether you text, make calls, check social media or use GPS, your cell phone takes your eyes away from the road.
- Prepare for the trip before your drive – If you need GPS to lead you to your destination, enter the address before driving. And don’t use your commute to get ready. Putting on clothes or makeup can lead to an accident.
- Pull over if you have an unavoidable distraction – If something comes loose in the car that you need to secure, pull over. If you drive with kids and they need your attention, don’t take that attention away from the road. Pulling over keeps you safe.
- Ask passengers for help – If you have passengers, let them navigate or secure items. Your attention should be on the road.
Distracted driving is preventable
When you take steps to prevent distracted driving, you make Georgia roads safer. But not everyone will drive as safe as you. Other drivers may choose to text or eat or get dressed while driving. They put you and your passengers in danger of injury or even death.
Distracted driving creates danger to you and everyone else on the road. Take steps to ensure you don’t contribute to that danger.