According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than 200 people lost their lives in 2018 as a result of distracted driving. October is also National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and AAA is taking advantage of this to reinforce that distracted driving isn’t just talking and texting on your smartphone.
Consider some of the following statistics. A driver’s risk of being involved is increased double if they look away from the road for a mere two seconds. Even more alarmingly, reading an email or text for five seconds is equivalent to driving across an entire football field while wearing a blindfold.
There are a few simple tips suggested by AAA to minimize distractions and be safer on the roads. For starters, prepare your trip before getting on the road. That means setting the GPS destination if necessary, adjusting mirrors, and even firing up whatever playlist or station you want to listen to. Instead of sending or reading texts, consider having a “designated texter” in the car to send those messages for you.
Remember that texting while driving is a primary offense in Florida. Don’t risk your life or put someone else’s life at risk.
To read more, visit https://www.news4jax.com/traffic/2020/10/01/avoiding-distractions-while-driving-can-be-matter-of-life-and-death/.
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