Avoid Driving While Distracted
Technology has changed so many aspects of our lives and made it possible to remain in contact with people nearly anywhere we go. This feeling of being always-on, or always-connected, has had a ripple effect in society - including on how we drive. But it’s not just technology that can take your attention away from the road. Eating, managing the dashboard, putting on makeup, and adjusting your seatbelt, headrest or mirrors can all count as distractions.
Driving while distracted puts not only your safety at risk but also the safety of all of your passengers at risk. It is crucial to keep your attention on the road. It's also worthy to mention that penalties for distracted driving, both in dollars and demerit points, are something to be aware of for your particular province. Lastly, keep in mind that the definition of 'distracted driving' varies province to province and may not be limited to only usage of your smart phone.
Here are some tips from the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) to help avoid distracted driving:
- It’s actually illegal: Distracted driving is about as dangerous as driving drunk, and there are legal repercussions to being caught handling your smartphone instead of focusing on the road.
- Know your route: Keep your drive-time focused by mapping out any routes before leaving. Using the voice navigation feature of your GPS or favourite map app can also keep you from having to regularly check your phone.
- Be ready to rock: Choose playlists and songs before leaving the driveway to make sure you don’t get distracted searching for the perfect driving music.
- Leave a message: Let your voicemail do what it does best. Put your phone on vibrate / “Do Not Disturb” or turn it off altogether to limit the incoming distractions.
No matter your destination, remember these tips to help you reduce the risks that distracted driving can cause, and stay en route to arriving safely.
Did you know?
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Insurance Bureau of Canada. (September, 2011) DWD may soon be the new DUI. Retrieved March 24, 2017, from http://assets.ibc.ca/Documents/Brochures/DWD-May-Soon-Be-the-New-DUI.pdf