Don’t Get Distracted While Driving!

July 26, 2007 at 8:34 am Leave a comment

Don’t let anyone or anything get you distracted while you’re behind the wheel on the highway! Don’t be so stupid and act so irresponsible while driving because it may cost you your precious life! Oh yes, my friends, according to the survey from the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), a lot of car crashes and road accidents are caused by distracted driving.

According to the latest survey published in, nearly 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involve a few types of driver’s inattentiveness or distracting behavior within three seconds before the worst scenario takes place. Also, the American Automobile Association (AAA) approximates that between 4,000 and 8,000 crashes related to distracted driving happens daily in the United States. Brrr… gruesome.

The survey revealed that respondents admitted that they do extreme behavior while behind the wheel. Here are some examples:

  • A driver talking on a Bluetooth headset
  • Putting on makeup
  • Eating a fast-food breakfast and looking at a piece of paper in the seat next to her while driving
  • The respondent indicated that occasionally the driver did not have any hands on the wheel and was perhaps steering with her knees.
  • Respondent recalls witnessing a doctor looking at one of his patient’s x-rays while he was driving

“These examples, along with hundreds of others we all see on a regular basis, highlight how important of an issue distracted driving really is. The steel safety cage in a car is the last line of defense for vehicle occupants in the event of a crash, but we as an industry advocate safe, non-aggressive driving and an extra dose of common sense to avoid a crash from even occurring. Everyday we are hearing about more and more accidents caused by distracted driving, so it’s time that this issue becomes front and center in our everyday conversations. It is important for drivers to be aware of the consequences that come with being distracted behind the wheel. It only takes a second of being distracted for an accident to occur,” said Bill Heenan, the president of the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI).

Some tips to avoid distracted driving, courtesy of Loyola University Health System and Insurance Bureau of Canada:

  1. Request your passengers to minimize their conversation to help you concentrate in driving.
  2. Know and Study the possible distractions before you drive, such as eating, putting on make-up, combing your hair, reading and checking messages.
  3. Make sure you’re all conditioned and rested before getting behind the wheel.
  4. Make sure you have clear directions and double-check the map before you hit the road.
  5. Familiarize yourself with your dashboard controls before you go. 6. Deal with your music ahead of time. Pre-program your car radio, and adjust your channels, CDs or iPOD only managed when the car is stopped.

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