Kids are back in school. That means more foot traffic in school zones, more bicyclists on neighborhood streets and more congestion around buses as they stop and start along routes, both in the early-morning and late-afternoon hours. That means it is also a good time to review risks associated with distracted driving.
In that split second when one of your drivers or one of your employees chooses to look at his or her phone, a child could step into the road. Drivers have to live with the consequences of their decisions, including distracted driving crashes. Employers pay for crashes whether they occur on or off the job.
Research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found drivers value traffic safety principles but don’t always measure up to those principles behind the wheel. In a study examining attitude and behavior, AAA found:
- 75% of drivers support laws against holding and talking on a cellphone, and 88% support laws against reading, typing or sending a text or email while behind the wheel
- 52.1% of drivers report having used a handheld cellphone while behind the wheel at least once in the past 30 days and 41.3% say they have read a text or email
Any activity that takes your mind off the task of driving is a form of multitasking or switchtasking. Your brain cannot handle two thinking tasks at the same time, like driving and talking on the phone. Instead, your brain toggles quickly between these two tasks.
Because of the time it takes to switch back and forth, you are more apt as a driver to react slower, make mistakes and experience increased stress.
Review or update your safe driving policy. Don’t have one? Don’t worry. AGC/VT has created a template that addresses concern over aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving, seat belt use, accident reporting, etc. Call today to find out how we can help you have a A+ Driver Safety Policy! (802) 223-2374
Distractions are no laughing matter.