It goes without saying that driving a car is a big responsibility. As a driver, your actions behind the wheel play a big role in the safety and wellbeing of yourself as well as others – your passengers, other drivers and even pedestrians. If you drive while distracted, you are putting everyone in danger.
Unfortunately, distracted driving is becoming somewhat of an epidemic, not only in Minnesota but also across the country. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety defines distracted or inattentive driving as a driver engaging “in any activity that might distract them from the primary task of driving – and increase their risk of crashing.”
Each year in Minnesota, distracted driving is a factor in one in four crashes, resulting in over 70 deaths and more than 350 serious injuries.
That’s too many.
Drivers face many unnecessary distractions when behind the wheel. Some of the most common distractions are also some of the easier distractions to control. They include:
Remember, driving while distracted not only puts your life in danger. It also puts the lives of your passengers, other drivers and even pedestrians in danger. Whatever distraction is tempting you to take your attention off of the road can wait. The alternative is not worth it.
My clients are important to me, and I am passionate about helping to keep them – and our roads – safe. If you have any questions about distracted driving or would like more information, please feel free to reach out. I am here to help.
And, here are a couple of videos that drive home the importance of driving without distractions.