a risky driving habit
to breaking that habit
JOIN THE FIGHT TO END DISTRACTED DRIVING
Are you guilty of ever driving distracted? I am.
I don’t text while driving and rarely make a phone call but I do adjust the climate control, search for music, get lost in thought, yell at other drivers, and sometime even eat. As defined by NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Association,) distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving. So yes, I am guilty of distracted driving and I am making a commitment to change.
We all can get distracted
Some distractions are avoidable – especially the ones we create ourselves. Others are impossible to completely prevent and must be managed. Driving requires skill, focus and your full attention.
National Foundation for Teen Safe Driving is committed to the fight to end distracted driving.
So Let’s Do This is challenging drivers of all ages to identify at least one risky driving habit (we all have at least one) commit to breaking that habit, and change your driving behaviors that will help ensure your safety, and the safety of others.
Most drivers believe they have good driving skills. Yet when we do something that diverts our attention away from being 100% focused on driving, we are distracted. We may think we have the ability to read our email, talk on the phone and engage in social media chat all at once, but it is actually impossible. Science has proven that the brain is incapable of performing more than one task at a time. Your brain is actually switching back and forth from one task to another - constantly starting and stopping each task repeatedly. This is known in psychology as "serial tasking," not multitasking. Multi-tasking is a myth.
So this month take a moment to examine your driving habits, and make a commitment to settle into the driver’s seat with only one thing on your mind – driving.