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The Dangers of Distracted Driving

We all understand the dangers and impact of driving under the influence of substances. However, there is a bigger menace nowadays….


Distracted driving is the diversion of attention from driving, as a result of the driver focusing on a non-driving object, activity, event or person. This reduces awareness and decision-making leading to the increased risk of driver error and/or crashes.


Things can happen in the blink of an eye when you aren’t focused on the road. Distracted driving puts you and others at risk – it doesn’t matter if you’re on the highway or stopped at a red light.


Here are some statistics regarding distracted driving:

  • Drivers engaged in visual-manual interactions with cell phones (e.g., texting) are up to eight times as likely to be involved in a crash. (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 2017)
  • Checking a text for 5 seconds means that at 90 km/h, you’ve travelled the length of a football field blindfolded.
  • Drivers conversing on mobile devices, either hands-free or hand-held are up to four times as likely to be involved in a crash. (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 2017)
  • Economic losses caused by traffic collision-related health care costs and lost productivity are at least $10 billion annually. That’s about 1% of Canada’s GDP! (Government of Canada)

To reduce distracted driving, you can do the following things:

  • Plan your route in advance
  • Put your cell phone away
  • Avoid eating or drinking
  • Getting enough rest before hitting the road
  • On long drives, switch drivers
  • Lower the volume on your music/radio

It’s extremely important to stay focused on the road for your safety and everyone else’s – drive safely out there!

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