Everyone knows that when driving you need to keep your eyes on the road, but not everyone does.
A Powerful Message
Take a moment to see this very clever video by Volkswagen (less than 90 seconds).
Distractions When Driving
Distractions such as mobile phones, eating or drinking or changing the radio station can provide a fatal distraction for the driver, their passengers and other vehicles in the area.
Why? Because distractions take the driver’s attention away from what they should be doing – keeping their eyes on the road and concentrating on their driving.
Some Mobile Phone Stats
Research has shown that when a driver uses a mobile phone, they are 4 times more likely to be involved in an accident. Mobile phones are more likely to reduce the drivers’ awareness of what is happening around them, leading to the vehicle drifting within lanes, shorter traveling distances and longer reaction times.
When sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle, drivers need to minimise all potential distractions that could affect their driving, including turning off their mobile phone (even if it is a hands-free version), checking the map to find where they are going before setting off (or asking a passenger to check it for you) and take a break when tired, eating or drinking.
Doing these things will make a big difference.