Every year without fail, more and more South Africans perish on our roads.
In recent times, distracted driving has emerged as one of the leading causes of road accidents worldwide, with 8 people killed and 1 161 injured every day in the United States alone as a result of this new scourge. Studies show that we are distracted by our phones for an average of 52 seconds per trip. This is particularly disturbing if we consider that travelling at just 60 km/h would equate to roughly 1 kilometre of “flying blind.” A lot can happen in a blind kilometre and evidently, a lot does…
If you’re guilty of being easily distracted, here are 5 ways to kick the habit and potentially save some lives:
In an instant, your life and multiple others can be completely extinguished by your negligence. Is it really worth responding to a trivial text or checking Facebook? It can wait. Keep reminding yourself of the consequences and one day, you will find that the temptation has dissipated completely.
There are literally thousands of mobile apps and gadgets designed specifically to limit your ability to become distracted or to notify you when you are exhibiting distracted driving behaviour. If you love your smartphone, you will love the innovative technologies designed to make them a less dangerous driving companion.
Passengers can be useful in 3 ways:
If you just don’t have the self-control to wait until you reach your destination, find a safe place to park your car and do your thing. It might take you a little longer to get there, but what’s the rush? At least you won’t be endangering any other lives in the process.
It’s almost too simple… Remove any temptation and preserve precious battery life by switching your phone off until you are no longer behind the wheel.
Do yourself and your family and every other road user a favour. Don’t die on the road.
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