Distractions are everywhere. The list of driver distractions that contributes
to crashes and injuries is long. But here¿s the bottom line: driving is a
serious responsibility; it demands and deserves your full, undivided attention.
What is a distraction? It¿s anything that takes your hands, eyes or attention
away from driving. It could be a billboard, passengers in your car, something
going on outside your car or even something as simple as trying to set the speed
of your windshield wipers. Of course, you have to occasionally glance at your
speedometer, fuel and other gauges. But actions like changing the radio station,
dialing a cell phone, reading a map or using a navigation system while you¿re
driving can lead to big trouble.
In fact, one recent study showed that driver distractions are a contributing
factor in more than 4,300 crashes a day. Among the most common driving
- Adjusting the radio, cassette or CD player
- Other occupants in the vehicle
- Moving objects in the vehicle
- Using/dialing a wireless phone
- Eating and drinking while driving
- Personal grooming
- Adjusting the vehicle¿s temperature controls
- Smoking while driving
Outside distractions, including:
- Vehicles stopped by police
- Friends in other vehicles
- Roadside advertising
- New construction (shops, restaurants, etc.)
This 8 page information leaflet from Shell-Oil helps you recognize driver
distractions and give you tips on how you can avoid falling victim to them.
Note: the comment on the bottom of page 2 stating: ¿become very familiar with
your phone before using it on the road¿ should be ignored. Never ever
make/receive any phone calls when driving. Even hands-free!!