Drive Safely

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In honor of National Safety Month, Matlock urges you drive responsibly.

In 2010, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes. Distracted driving is doing anything that takes your hands, eyes, or mind off the road. Distractions include eating, drinking, reading, texting, using a cellphone, and even adjusting the radio.

Of all the distractions listed above, texting is the most dangerous because it requires your hands, eyes and mind to be off the road at the same time. Still not convinced that texting and driving is dangerous? On average it takes someone 4.6 seconds to read a text message. Traveling at an average of 55mph, during those 4.6 seconds you would have driven the length of a football field!

According to a survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Administration, drivers know that texting and driving is bad, but drivers also think they are the best at doing it. Of the 6,000 drivers surveyed, 25% believed that texting while driving had no effect on their driving ability. In contrast, a whopping 90% of the drivers surveyed said they feel unsafe when they are the passenger of a driver who is texting.  The next time you’re tempted to text while driving, think of how unsafe you would feel if you were in the passenger seat.

Below are a few things you can do to be a safer driver.

  1. Wear a seat belt.
  2. Don’t speed.
  3. Avoid distractions.
  4. Don’t drive drowsy.
  5. Watch out for other drivers and pedestrians.

We ask that in honor of National Safety Month, and in honor of those who have been injured or killed due to texting and driving, to put the phone down. No text is worth life or limb.

References:

  1. http://www.distraction.gov/download/research-pdf/8396_DistractedDrivingSurvey-120611-v3.pdf
  2. http://www.distraction.gov/
  3. http://auto.howstuffworks.com/car-driving-safety/accidents-hazardous-conditions/10-safe-driving-tips.htm#page=1

 

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