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Understanding the Dangers and Consequences of Distracted Driving

When you’re behind the wheel, your only job is to drive.

At least eight people a day are killed in distracted driving crashes. Distracted driving isn’t just risky for you, it can be deadly for those in your vehicle, every nearby driver, pedestrian, bicyclist, and worker. Join us in observing Distracted Driving Awareness Month and help everyone get home safely.

Anything that takes your attention away from driving can be a distraction. Sending a text message, talking on a cell phone, grooming, using a navigation system, and eating while driving are a few examples of distracted driving. Any of these distractions can endanger you, your passengers, and others on the road.

There are three main types of distraction:

  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road.
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel.
  • Cognitive: taking your mind off driving.

How to Prevent Distracted Driving:

Do not multitask while driving. Whether it’s adjusting your mirrors, picking the music, eating a sandwich, making a phone call, or reading an email―do it before or after your trip, not during.

Speak up if you are a passenger in a car with a distracted driver. Ask the driver to focus on driving. Reduce distractions for the driver by assisting with navigation or other tasks.

At Direct Line Global, we put constant emphasis on our Safety Culture. Our team members’ health and safety matter at all times. Learn more about our Safety posts on our website. Stay safe out there!

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