Take The Do Not Drive Distracted Pledge
If you want to put off your final trip to the funeral home, then do not drive and try to do anything else because distracted driving claims 11 lives every day in the United States. That is over 4,000 people a year. Take the Do Not Drive Distracted Pledge and choose to stay alive.
The first step in not driving distracted is to always keep your eyes on the road. Your central vision only covers about three percent of what you can see. You should always aim it high watching for dangers that lie ahead giving you time to react. Then, you should use your peripheral vision to see things on the side of the road that may pose problems for you.
The second step in taking the Do Not Drive Distracted Pledge is to always keep your mind on driving. There are several things that you can do to keep your mind alert while you are driving. Never drive for more than two hours without taking at least a 10-minute break where you get out of the car and stretch. Numerous studies show that if you will spend 20 minutes each day learning something new, then your mind will stay focused better. Eat a healthy diet, and avoid grabbing junk food that is full of sugar while you are on the highway. While you may get an initial high from the sugar, the crash can leave you driving drowsy. If you get tired, then take a break because it is far better to arrive late than not at all.
The third part of the Do Not Drive Distracted Pledge is to promise to always keep your hands on the wheel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that you position your hands at the nine and three o’clock position on the steering wheel. Use a push and pull motion to turn the steering wheel without letting go of it. Never drive with your fingertips, the palms of your hands or just your knees as you never know when you will need to turn the wheel vigorously to avoid an accident.
Take the pledge
Take the Do Not Drive Distracted Pledge by pledging to always keep your eyes scanning the highway, your mind working actively and your hands steering the car. Just doing these three simple things can help you stay alive. 18% of fatal auto crashes in the country are caused by distraction. want to become one of the 4,000 people who die in the United States annually from distracted driving.