Ten Tips To Arrive Alive During The 100 Deadliest Days of Summer From People Against Distracted Driving, The Voice Of Distracted Driving Awareness, Education And Support.
Ten Safety Tips To Arrive Alive During The 100 Deadliest Days of Summer, From People Against Distracted Driving
1. Put the phone down. You don't need to turn it off, just be responsible and use a PADD approved cell phone app like Drivebeehive, Textstar, Drive Alive and Thumb Tied. If the app isn't approved by PADD, it's likely to have a safety issue preventing it from being a 100% life saving app. Never ride with someone who uses their cell phone while driving unless they give their phone to you so you can be the designated texter.
2. Use a designated texter. Delegate all cell phone use to a passenger to keep the driver from distractions. This has become the major traffic safety issue over the past five years, surpassing drunk driving as the number one killer of teens in the U.S. and abroad.
3. Leave early enough. Leaving early so you accomplish most of your driving in the daylight. From a crash avoidance point of view, their are many hours of daylight during the summer and the daylight hours are safest times to travel.
3. Always use safety restraints and child seats, Make sure everyone in the car uses their restraint, even pets, even on the shortest of trips. This is the number one defense against becoming a fatality victim.
4. Keep your speed down. Every 10 mph reduction in speed cuts the probability of being killed in a crash in half. Most GPS systems clearly confirm an extra 5 mph in speed does not cut much time from a trip, but it could result in passengers becoming victims in a fatal crash.
5. Drive to reduce risk Back off instead of tailgating, stay out of the blind spots of large trucks, and let aggressive drivers pass. If you see someone texting and driving, get as far away as quickly as possible and call the police on your hands free device. Don't confront them, you will become distracted and risk crashing yourself.
6. Watch the weather If at all possible avoid times of decreased visibility, wet pavement, thunderstorms, puddles or moving water, especially when coupled with darkness. If caught in a heavy storm, take a break from driving until the shower passes.
7. Do not drink and drive or use drugs and drive, Never ride with anyone who has had any alcohol or drug use. Avoid the late-night and early morning hours when you could become a victim of an impaired driver.
8. Beware of animals. Travelers in rural areas, especially where deer are protected, should recognize the nocturnal nature of deer, and the fact that they start to seek food at dusk at this time of year. This is a good reason to always be on alert, situational awareness while driving saves lives.
9. Slow down in construction zones. Be especially careful in new construction areas where rye has been planted as a cover on re-worked shoulders and roadsides. This leaves the shoulder soft and can pull you off the road.
10. Know before you go. Have your route designated before you leave and check local radio and TV stations for construction and accidents. Looking at your GPS while driving is dangerous. Use voice controlled GPS so you can keep your eyes on the road.
PADD's mission to end injury and death caused by distracted driving has reached over four million drivers since PADD was founded by Mike Kellenyi and his wife who lost their daughter as a victim of a distracted driving crash. We hope to reach millions of more drivers over the 100 deadliest days because one life spared by this message is priceless. Please follow and share these tips in your social media with your friends and family. What a great summer it would be if we all put down the phones during the summer and every month of the year.
Crashes caused by distracted driving are preventable, it's your decision while your driving. Why not give the gift this season that lasts a lifetime, vow today to just drive!
We would like to thank CBU and Bridget Fowler for their info-graph and University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety (CAPS) for their studies.
Safe travels this summer from the Board and Advisory Committee of PADD!
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In addition, we are working to spread the awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, providing support for the families affected by such tragedies, and passing new laws to educate motorists, for stricter enforcement and punishment of distracted-driving-related offenses and working with schools to educate children of this new epidemic.
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We encourage you to browse through the list of valuable resources below, where you can learn more about the impact and effects of distracted driving.
If you'd like to suggest any other links that would work as great additions to this list, we welcome you to contact us.
- Distraction.gov - The official US government website regarding distracted driving.
- CDC on Distracted Driving - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's provision of data and statistics regarding distracted driving.
- National Safety Council on Distracted Driving - A section on the National Safety Council's site devoted to a wealth of information, including links to research articles, statistics, and specific state cell phone laws.
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - A breakdown of the nation's state-specific cellphone laws.
- Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey-The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey (BIANJ) is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to improving quality of life after brain injury, and offering the promise of a better tomorrow.