A 2006 survey by the Insurance Bureau of Canada revealed that 89% of Canadians were very or somewhat concerned about driver distraction. And they have reason to be. Driver distraction has been identified as a factor in 8 out of 10 car crashes – about 4 million – in North America every year.
Yet 60% of the drivers surveyed said they would not stop using their cell phones while driving, even when informed that the habit put them at four times as great a risk of getting into a collision.
● Drive when you’re rested. If you feel too tired to drive, pull off the road. Trying to reach your destination before falling asleep behind the wheel requires more effort to control your car.
● Secure your passengers and pets.
Don’t squeeze too many passengers into the car and don’t get involved in heavy conversation with them while you’re driving. If you have to tell them to be quiet, then don’t hesitate to do so. Secure your dog or cat in a carrier or harness while you're on the road. Never let your pet to sit on your lap while you’re driving.
Don’t be a multitasker
● Don’t use your cell phone except when you’re stopped.
● Don’t eat and drink while driving.
● Look good before you leave.
● Don’t be distracted by the passing scene.
● Manage the music.
If you use an iPod or other digital music player, create a playlist for your favorite songs so that you won’t be scrolling through menus while driving. However you listen to music, keep the volume low enough that you can hear potential dangers as well as see them.