“Driving shouldn’t be a secondary task…it should be the only task.”
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This month is National Safe Driving Month, and while researching the topic, I happened upon a site called Distraction.gov. As I began reading the stories…the faces of distracted driving…I felt convicted…guilty of driving distracted. I spent a lot of time on the site and picked up just a few tips and bits of information about distracted driving.
When I think of distracted driving, I think of using a mobile phone. However, eating, drinking, reading a map/GPS, and even talking are all behaviors that distract a driver from the task at hand. Here are some of the things I do before getting behind the wheel.
1. I ensure I know exactly where I’m going. Sometimes that means inputting the address into the GPS prior to starting the car. If I do end up getting lost, I pull over and re-orient myself with the GPS.
2. I ensure my bluetooth device is charged and turned on. In the event I do receive a call, I don’t have to reach for the phone.
3. I ensure that I’ve made all important phone calls ahead of time. Looking down for even a second to dial could be disastrous.
4. I ensure I’ve made all necessary adjustments. I find my radio station or CD, adjust all mirrors, and make sure the temperature is appropriate.
Two things that I need to start doing include placing my purse and phone in the backseat, and stopping to sit down and eat rather than trying to attempt this in the car.
A few years back, many states, including California, established a hands-free law, which means that it is illegal for a driver to operate a mobile phone and a vehicle at the same time. My bluetooth devices have been invaluable for those important calls to my husband about schedules, our children, or dirctions but I want to commit to spending less time driving and talking.
As part of National Safe Driving Month, Motorola Mobility is rewarding drivers who commit to responsible driving behavior through its Responsibility on the Road program. Selected montorists who follow their state and local hands-free laws will be provided Bluetooth devices and all drivers can take advantage of their online resources.
If you visit Motorola’s Facebook page, you can take the Responsibility on the Road pledge and receive 50% off select hands-free devices. Through the end of June, Motorola will also host Responsibility on the Road events to help provide education regarding hands-free laws.
For information on hands-free laws specific to your state, visit Motorola.
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