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Utility Partners of America: Safe Driving Awareness Month 2019


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April was Safe Driving Awareness Month, and we posted lots of important information throughout. This is our final presentation on the topic, and we hope you find it useful. Please feel free to download and share - help spread the word, keep our roads safe for everyone!

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Utility Partners of America: Safe Driving Awareness Month 2019

  2. 2. CONTENTS 03 Driving Readiness 04 What is Distracted Driving? 05 Risk Factors for Youth Drivers 06 Cell Phone Use While Driving 07 The Myth of Multitasking 09 Exceptions: When It’s OK to Call 10 Distracted Driving and the Law 11 Personal Responsibility
  3. 3. DRIVING READINESS EVERYONE SHOULD BE MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY READY TO DRIVE. READINESS MEANS MORE THAN “I HAVE MY LICENSE.” IT MEANS… I am free of distractions I am awake and alert I am aware that driving is a privilege, and can be dangerous if I’m not prepared 1 2 3
  4. 4. WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING? THREE TYPES OF DISTRACTED DRIVING VISUAL Takes your eyes off the road MANUAL Takes your hands off the wheel COGNITIVE Takes your mind off the task at hand DISTRACTION Something that distracts : an object that directs one's attention away from something else. DISTRACTED DRIVING Distracted driving is driving while engaged in anything that takes attention from the primary tasks of navigating the vehicle. Any distraction can endanger drivers’ safety, but TEXTING is particularly dangerous since it combines all three distraction types.
  5. 5. YOUNG DRIVERS FACE THE MOST RISK #1 CAUSE OF DEATH IN TEENAGERS • Teen drivers 16-19 years old are 3x more likely than any other group to be involved in a fatal crash • Drivers in their 20s account for 27% of all fatal crashes Globally, 1.4 million people die in car accidents each year
  6. 6. CELL PHONE USE WHILE DRIVING WHETHER TEXTING OR USING HANDS-FREE CHAT, CELL PHONES ARE A DISTRACTION. 77.4% of drivers say phone use while driving is a serious threat to safety 80% of drivers state that this is dangerous and unacceptable CELL PHONES ARE INVOLVED IN 1.6 MILLION CAR ACCIDENTS PER YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES, CAR ACCIDENTS RESULT IN: 3.9MM Visits to emergency room 42.9% visits by ambulance, twice as high as for other visits $ $230.6 BILLION In costs. 5.4MM Car accidents every year BUT more than 30% of drivers admitted to reading and typing a text or email while driving!
  7. 7. THE MYTH OF MULTITASKING THINK YOU CAN MULTITASK? YOU’RE LYING TO YOURSELF. When switching between tasks that we think are happening simultaneously, in reality: “That start/stop/start process is rough on us: rather than saving time, it costs time (even very small micro seconds), it’s less efficient, we make more mistakes, and over time it can be energy sapping. ” – Psychology Today
  8. 8. “But It’s Just a Quick Text!” Think again! Texting (writing or reading) takes your eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At slow highway speeds (55 MPH), you’ve gone the length of a football field without looking up once.
  9. 9. EXCEPTIONS: PULL OVER AND REPORT Law enforcement/911 for emergencies on the road Report road hazards to authorities Report an erratic driver 1 2 3 Even in these cases, make sure you are safe and pull over before calling!
  10. 10. IT’S THE LAW DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE, UNLESS YOU WANT A DAY IN COURT. HAND-HELD CELL PHONE USE BAN: 16 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving YOUTH CELL PHONE BAN: 38 states and D.C. ban all cell phone use by novice or teen drivers TEXT MESSAGING BAN: 47 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers 1 2 3
  11. 11. WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP? Turn your phone off or to silent while driving Turn on automatic text replies: “I’m driving but will reply when I’m done.” Pull over for important calls Designate a passenger as “co-texter” to reply to important messages Hands-free devices may seem like a good alternative, but keep in mind that chatting while driving is still not focused driving 1 2 5 As long as we all have cell phones and expect instant communication, we are ALL responsible. Take care of one another while on the road. 3 4
  12. 12. SAFE DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH 2019 © 2019 Utility Partners of America. All Rights Reserved.