FACT or MYTH: 80% of collisions have some form of driver inattention as contributing factors.

March 2017

FACT! 80% of collisions and 65% of near crashes have some form of driver inattention as contributing factors (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2010). Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.

To help avoid distracted driving we recommend doing the following BEFORE you drive:

  • Allow plenty of travel time
  • Review all maps and directions prior to driving
  • Put all reading material in your trunk
  • Keep the vehicle tidy and do not use it as a place to store things
  • Stow and secure loose objects in their proper place
  • Prepare children with everything they need prior to driving
  • Secure pets properly prior to driving
  • Preset climate control and radio prior to driving
  • Pre-program route on GPS devices prior to driving

WHILE behind the wheel, remember the following best practices:

  • Allow phone calls to go to voicemail
  • Do not text, surf the web or read emails
  • Do not eat, drink or groom
  • Do not smoke
  • Stop at safe locations (rest stops or commuter lots) to make and receive calls
  • Keep two hands on the wheel for better control and less fatigue
  • Keep your eyes and mind on the road


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