It’s more than a #; it’s life or death!

According to the National Safety Council, more than 700 people are injured in distracted driving crashes each day!  We all know what distractions are behind the wheel. These include talking on the cell phone, texting and touching display screens while driving.  All of these actions take your attention aware from the road and make you less aware of pedestrians and other drivers.

#JustDrive isn’t just for cars and trucks driving the roadways; this message is also for forklift operators delivering the necessary materials to keep your business running!  Employees drive to and from work every day, sometimes after really long shifts or extra hours.  The message to drive attentive is extremely important.

By driving distracted, you are robbing yourself of the precious seconds you may need to avoid a close call or a deadly crash.  Find out more about the three major types of cognitive distractions facing drivers on this fact sheet.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and there’s no better time to remind drivers of the deadly dangers and the legal consequences of texting behind the wheel and driving distracted.  Take responsibility as a driver and follow these safety tips to avoid driving distractions:

  • If you’re in the driver’s seat, driving is the only thing you should be doing. No distractions!
  • As a passenger, if you see the driver texting or otherwise distracted, tell them to stop and focus on the road.
  • Ask your friends to join you in pledging not to drive distracted. You could save a life. Share your pledge on social media to spread the word — #JustDrive.

Want more safety tips? Check out our post on Window Safety.

Brenda Lovitz, Risk & Safety Manager