OnFocus – Did You Know?
A recent study from the University of Minnesota found that talking on a cellphone while driving impairs one’s ability even more than driving while intoxicated. Talking on a cellphone and other driving distractions pose a major hazard to everyone on the road.
In a Facebook post, the Wisconsin DOT reminds drivers that any sort of distraction can be dangerous to others on the road.
“Distracted driving takes many forms,” the post said. “It’s dangerous and all too common. Inattentive driving accounts for at least one of every six traffic crashes in Wisconsin. Every time you get behind the wheel, eliminate distractions and stay focused on what’s ahead.”
To minimize risks while driving:
- Do not talk on your cellphone or send text messages.
- If you absolutely must conduct a conversation, use a hands-free device.
- Never touch up your makeup or hair in the rearview mirror.
- Limit your conversations with passengers and ask them to keep their voices down so you can concentrate.
- Do not smoke while you are driving, as you will probably pay more attention to not burning yourself or putting out the cigarette than driving safely.
- Only adjust the radio when you are completely stopped.
- Never allow animals to sit on your lap while driving.
- Do not eat or drink while driving.
- Avoid reading maps or directions. Instead, pull into a parking lot to get your bearings and determine where you need to go next to reach your final destination.
- Do not take notes or search for phone numbers.
- Never use a cellphone (even a hands-free device) in bad weather, work zones or heavy traffic.
Allowing yourself to become distracted while driving can lead to dangerous, and even fatal, consequences. Be a responsible motorist and make paying attention to the road your number one priority when you’re behind the wheel.
Information provided by: Marshfield Insurance Agency/Zywave and the Wisconsin DOT
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