As technology progresses, our understanding of how powerful the cars and vehicles we operate daily has actually declined. Although vehicle performance has undoubtedly improved over the years, it is still not perfect and vehicles are not without their mechanical issues. The improved features that are now prevalent on many cars today provide drivers with the opportunity to occupy their time with other things other than the road, in turn increasing the dangers for themselves and those around them.
Side activities such as eating in the car and cruising through social media have been a staple of distracted driving. However, advanced vehicle technologies such as Bluetooth and other advanced radio systems do not entirely remove the distractions of a driver holding their phone or eating in the car, as we are usually overconfident in our ability to multitask while operating a vehicle. However, in the split seconds it takes to move your hands back to the steering wheel or glance through your windshield, it may already be too late to react to an accident or hazard in front of you. Most distracted driving accidents involve multiple cars as a result of an individual driving at high speeds and attempting to slow down with an insufficient amount of time to spare, which typically stems from inattentiveness. This usually creates a domino effect causing the vehicles behind the lead car to hit their breaks while prompted with little warning.
Individuals are drawn back to their interactive devices again and again to the exclusion of outside sensory data. Drivers must practice mindfulness to increase their ability to remain attentive, even over short distances. Introducing and educating mindfulness and the importance of its practice can be bolstered with a campaign that emphasizes making a firm commitment to putting digital technology out of reach and out of mind while driving and by avoiding other distractions as well.
Distracted Driving Safety Guide Ideas
- Reference local laws
- Appropriate verbiage - no tolerance for distracted driving in your organization or entity
- Ban all usage of smart and mobile phones unless vehicle is parked and stationary
- Allow exceptions for emergency vehicles with lights and sirens
- Provide education on the damage to the individuals mentally, physically and emotionally after an accident due to a distracted driver