Distracted driving is a national health issue that affects all of us in and outside of the workplace. The latest statistics show motor vehicle fatalities are up 6% from 2015. More than 40,000 people were killed on Canada’s roadways last year where distracted driving was listed as the main contributor.

Accidents caused by distracted driving are 100% preventable. From cell phones to dashboard infotainment systems – all pose a threat to our safety.

While you might think that hands free devices are there to help prevent accidents they can also lead to further distractions.

Watch this promotional video for National Safety Councils “Just Drive” campaign.

 

Stop Distracted Driving: A Life Saving Checklist

  • First and foremost, turn off your cell phone. There is no safe way to make a call while driving – not even hands-free.
  • Send and read text messages and emails before you start driving.
  • If you’re going on a longer drive, schedule breaks to stop, park safely and respond to messages.
  • Using voice features in your vehicle’s infotainment system is also distracting. Take care of communications before you start driving.
  • Know where you’re going before you put the vehicle in “drive.” Put your destination into your GPS so you do not need to touch it while the vehicle is moving.
  • Social media can wait. No update, tweet, like or video is worth a life.
  • Do not call or text friends or family if you know they are driving.

April Highlight: National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13

This campaign is held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway and city street work zones. Here are some safety tips:

  • Be attentive, especially in the transition zone of a highway work zone.
  • Slow down and obey all speed zone signs. Reduced speed limits are posted for your safety and the safety of workers.
  • Watch for the orange. Be alert for highway workers when you see orange signs, barrels, cones and barricades.
  • Do not tailgate. Double the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Be aware of temporary construction entrances and exits on both side of the work zone.
  • Plan your route ahead and see where there could be delays due to construction.