Eliminating distractions in the car can help save lives on the road. In 2010 and 2011, nearly 3,100 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver and more than 400,000 were injured. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration estimates driver distraction contributes to nearly 20 percent of all police-reported traffic crashes.
Tips for Drivers
- Turn your phone off or switch it to silent mode before you get in the car. Then stow it away so that it’s out of reach.
- Ask a passenger to make the call or respond to a text for you.
- If using a GPS device, enter your destination before you start to drive. If you prefer a map or written directions, review them in advance. If you need help while driving, ask a passenger to assist you or pull over to a safe location to change your GPS or review your map/directions.
- Multi-tasking behind the wheel is dangerous. Refrain from eating, drinking, reading, grooming, smoking, and any other activity that takes your mind and eyes off the road.
At the Indiana State Fair-It’s called Reality Rides and it’s a driving simulator that utilizes a real – but stationary – vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a curved LED television displaying an animated environment that reacts to the driver’s motions. Using the vehicle’s steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and use in-car navigation technology.