HKQ Kids

Distracted Driving

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Distracted driving is the cause of more than 1.6 million crashes every year. As a matter of fact, according to the National Safety Council, nearly 390,000 of those accidents, or 1 out of ever 4 were due to texting and driving. Every day, it is estimated that 660,000 drivers are attempting to use their phones while driving. And, teens are four times as likely to be distracted by their cell phones.

However, distracted driving doesn’t just mean cell phones – being inattentive, or daydreaming, or lost in thought can be a hazard. And, with so much on our minds lately, it isn’t unimaginable. Changing settings on your dashboard, chatting with passengers, eating or drinking while driving and transporting pets can also pose a risk.

What can you do to keep yourself, your kids and your other passengers safe while driving?

• Put your cell phone down, and out of sight. Put it on the back seat or in your glove box to rule out any temptations.

• Program your phone to auto-reply while you are driving. Respond when you are in a safe area, outside of your vehicle.

• Make sure your kids are safely secured in their age and weight appropriate car seats.

• Give your kids something to occupy their time, such as a story book.

• Keep conversations with passengers to a minimum.

• Keep your eyes on the road, and your hands on the wheel. Stay focused.

• Drive defensively. Watch out for other distracted drivers.

• Always obey the speed limit and all the rules of the road.

• Never adjust dashboard settings while you are in motion.

• If you have to transport your pet, such as to a vet appointment, make sure they are secured in the vehicle. Do not allow them to roam the vehicle.

• Save food and beverages for outside of your vehicle.

It’s not unusual to see other drivers swerving. When driving 55 miles per hour, taking your mind off the road for as little as 5 seconds is the equivalent of driving a football field, BLIND. Keep your eyes and mind on the road and help keep everyone in your vehicle safe while you are driving.

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