Dr. Barbara Huggins

Driving Distracted

July 12, 2007

Driving Distracted -  July 12, 2007Whether we're trying to get our kids to day care, or to the doctor and ourselves to work or the grocery store, we've got a million things on our minds. And when we're running late, the situation can be even worse. Dr. Mom reports on how to avoid the biggest mistakes you could be making behind the wheel.

How often have you sat at a red light and watched the passengers or drivers in other cars and they go through an intersection? Have you ever counted how many drivers were talking on their cell phones, eating or snacking, talking to another passenger in the car, or applying makeup?

One of the top causes for car crashes is multi-tasking while driving. It is tempting to use drive time to catch up with a friend on the cell phone, read the newspaper, call the doctor’s office, care for your children, or even apply makeup. Distracted driving has eclipsed drunk driving as the #1 safety concern of the driving public. In fact, a recent study by the University of Utah states that drivers on mobile phones are more impaired than drivers at .08 blood alcohol level, (the legal limit for driving).

According to Drive for Life: The National Safe Driving Test & Initiative, the top 10 driving mistakes are:

If at all possible, keep distractions to a minimum. If your children need your immediate attention, find a parking lot to pull into and take care of their needs (crashes can happen while cars are parked on the shoulder of a road); and, find a safe place to pull over and make cell phone calls.

Keep you and your family safe this summer as you travel the highways and byways!

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