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National Safety Month - Week 4 Driving

Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at home, at work, on the road and in communities.

The three biggest causes of fatalities on the road are alcohol, speeding and distracted driving. Impaired driving is driving while drunk, drugged, drowsy and/or distracted. All of these are dangerous. All of these are preventable.

Multi-tasking is a Myth

With advancements in cell phone technology, distracted driving has been an increasing and misunderstood trend. In fact, findings from a recent National Safety Council public opinion poll indicate 80% of drivers across America incorrectly believe that hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone.

Make no mistake: This multitasking technology is about convenience, not safety. Activity in the area of the brain that processes moving images decreases by up to 1/3 when listening to talking on the phone

Educating Teen Drivers

For teens just learning to drive, car crashes are the No. 1 cause of death - mostly due to inexperience. Teens struggle judging gaps in traffic, driving the right speed for conditions and turning safely, among other things.

Half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school. Parental involvement doesn't end when a child gets a license. Teen drivers who continue to practice with their parents increase their chances of avoiding a crash.

National Highway Traffic Safety Aadministration reminds parents to set the rules before teens hit the road with "5 to Drive":

  1. No cell phones while driving
  2. No extra passengers
  3. No speeding
  4. No alcohol
  5. No driving or riding without a seat belt

Parents are the biggest influencers on their teen drivers, even if you think they aren't listening.

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Sunday, 24 June, 2018
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