Distracted & Careless Driving

What Does Driving Safety Mean?

Driving safety is the ability of you as the driver to have full control of a motorized vehicle and react safely to changing traffic conditions to avoid crashes and injury to yourself or your passengers.

There are many things to keep in mind when you’re driving. For most people, driving is something you do naturally without a thought; and every time you do, there is always a risk. About 1.3 million people die every year as the result of a car accident. This is an average of Over 3,200 deaths every day. Even cautious, safe drivers can become victims in accidents.

In this guide you’ll learn the importance of safe driving, the dangers of distraction and tips for every age. Before we get into that, take a look at this infographic:

This website gives charts and other information about all type of driving and how we can be safer if everyone would just not drive impaired, keep their eyes on the road, and don’t speed. This is great information for students to use when writing papers for school.


Shattered Dreams: Distracted Driving Changes Lives

Distracted & Careless Driving

Poster from Mn. Safety Council

Author ViJay Dixit, who launched an educational foundation about the fatal epidemic of Distracted Driving, after the death of his nineteen year old daughter who was a passenger when the driver got distracted and caused the deadly crash, now brings every angle of the issue into focus in this comprehensive book.
The book spells out the facts, consequences, and real-world possibilities for preventing these crashes with input from experts in technology, psychology, safety agencies, politics, education, and more. Combined with true stories of loss that cut to the heart of the tragic issue, this is the first all-in-one guide to a crisis that affects us all. (Mr. Dixit is also a member of Minnesotans for Safe Driving)


See the Faces of Distractive Driving


Websites that lists numerous articles on distracted driving

The Ultimate Distracted Driving Guide: What It Is & How to Prevent It

These resources will encourage everyone to keep their eyes and ears on the road so that we can all get to our destinations safely:

How to Keep Your Dog Safe in the Car

Crashes, Car Insurance and Beyond

The High Toll of Distracted Driving


Link Youtube Video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6ta2whI8Gk

Pay Attention

Safe Driving is a full time job

The Most Common Distractions that Drivers Suffer from while Driving

Answering Cell Phone Calls

This is one of the most common distractions while driving. Many people do it despite the potential dangers. Hands free sets may help some, but it’s the conversation that takes away the driver’s focus on the road ahead.

Multi Tasking

Many people also try to do other things while driving such as eating, putting on make up, reading and turning to talk to the people in the back seat. Sometimes more than one of these actions are done at the same time or together with talking on the cell phone.

Texting While Driving

This is most common with young drivers. Many young people do not talk on the cell phone, they just text. Texting while driving takes away the use of one hand and requires you to occasionally glance at the phone. That moment of glancing down could be the time a child runs out in the street or the car in front of you suddenly stops. This can lead to disastrous results.

Loud Music

Some people like turning their car stereos very loud. Unfortunately this can also drown out important sounds from outside the car such as car horns, sirens, and the engine sounds of other cars near by. These are important cues that help a driver become aware of his surroundings.

Reading Maps

People who are traveling in unfamiliar roads often bring maps with them for reference. Unfortunately, maps also take the driver’s concentration from what he is doing. In the few seconds that it takes to glance at the map, an accident can easily take place. The new GPS devices for cars help eliminate this problem but adjusting the GPS is just as distractive.

Negative Emotional Stress

Many people drive while undergoing extreme stress. Negative emotions, especially anger can lead people to lose focus while driving. In some cases, it may even aggravate their driving styles. Many people drive more aggressively when they are angry

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