It's very easy to get distracted while driving. Whether it's our cell phones or eating on the go, the fact is that distracted driving is very dangerous and, in many instances, life-threatening. April is Distracted Driving Awareness month and we hope you take the pledge with us to be an attentive driver now and throughout the year.
Driver Safety Tips to Reduce Your Risk of an Accident
- Turn off your cell phone.
- Set up a message on your phone that says you are driving and will respond later.
- Don’t respond to calls or texts until you have reached your destination or pulled over in a safe place
- Utilize your passenger to reply to messages, take calls, or do other activities that would prevent you from being attentive.
- Discipline yourself! Train your mind to accept that checking your phone while driving is not worth risking your safety or anyone else’s.
- If you are using a GPS, start the directions before you begin to drive.
- Make sure pets are secured.
- Pull over if you need to address your children’s needs.
- Don’t eat while driving.
- Know what your local laws are. Many states ban cell phone use while driving.
Thousands die annually due to distracted driving. Don’t become a statistic and make sure you keep your eyes on the road at all times when driving. Your loved ones will thank you.
Online Courses on Distracted Driver Prevention
Defensive Driver Awareness
Defensive Driver Awareness is an introductory online course that outlines the prevention of serious injury and even death by following basic driver safety rules. On and off the job site, defensive driving is extremely important. It can save lives, help avoid injury and avoid damage to equipment. Duration: 20 min.
Defensive Driving Techniques
Defensive Driving Techniques is an intermediate online safety course that offers extended driving training. It focuses on critical driver safety issues and the methods taken to control hazards that are the cause of most accidents. Duration: 1 hour. Available in Spanish.
Driver Awareness Toolbox Talk
In just 7 minutes, you will learn the causes of distracted driving, employer/employee responsibilities in the workplace and 10 safety tips that you can share with your friends and loved ones to help reduce fatalities and accidents from distracted driving.