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Hampden Auto Body is Passionate About Driver Safety
Hampden Auto Body is passionate about driver safety. That is why we are sharing some more driving tips as part of National Driver Education Week.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has provided some alarming information regarding the use of electronic devices while driving.
“Most drivers know that texting while driving is a dangerous behavior, but many still use their cell phones and other mobile devices when they are behind the wheel, putting themselves and others at risk. Many drivers see distracted driving as risky when other drivers do it, but do not recognize how their own driving deteriorates.
Use of an electronic device while driving can distract drivers from appropriately thinking about the driving task, watching the road and surrounding environment, and keeping their hand on the steering wheel. Texting while driving involves all three types of distraction - visual, manual, and cognitive.
Almost half (48.6%) of drivers say they answer incoming phone calls, and 1 of 4 drivers (23.9%) are willing to place calls on all, most, or some trips. About half (48.5%) said they never place calls while driving. Considering there are more than 210 million licensed drivers in America, slightly more than 102 million drivers were answering calls and 50 million drivers were placing calls while driving in 2012. At any given daylight moment across America, there are about 660,000 drivers using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving.
Some 6% of drivers say they were involved in a crash and 7% were in a near-crash situation in the past year. Of those, 2% say they were using cell phones at the time, and 3% were sending or reading text messages. These percentages remain unchanged from 2010 to 2012.
What You Can Do:
•• Turn off electronic devices and put them out of reach before starting to drive.
•• Speak up when you are a passenger and your driver uses an electronic device while driving. Offer to make the call for the driver, so his or her full attention stays on the driving task.
•• Always wear your seat belt. Seat belts are the best defense against other unsafe drivers.
What Parents Can Do:
•• Be good role models for young drivers and set a good example. Talk with your teens about responsible driving.
••Make sure your community and State laws include electronic device bans in graduated driver licensing laws for young novice drivers, and make them part of your teen’s driving responsibilities.”
For more information on distracted driving visit: Distraction.gov