Safe Driving Pledge

 

 

We’ve all heard that texting and driving, just using the phone while you’re driving, or playing with the technology screen while driving is dangerous. Unfortunately, that’s not enough to stop some of us.

safe driving pledge

 

Each day in the United States, approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. Source: June 9, 2017 https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/distracted_driving/index.html

 

 

Multi-tasking is something a lot of us are convinced we do well. You might be surprised to learn that’s not true at all, for teens and adults. We often think we are great multi-taskers: we can carry on a text conversation while doing homework, binge watch a show online and wash the dishes, right? Well... not really.

 

When we multi-task, our brain is really switching back and forth between doing various tasks. Depending on the task and the person, switching can be very quick and appear seamless. But really, every time the brain switches tasks, it slows its reaction time. That’s not a big deal when texting a friend and watching TV, but it can be deadly behind the wheel.

 

Hands-free won’t cut it either. A driver on the phone can miss up to 50 percent of the driving environment. And that distraction can linger: studies show up that distractions continue up to 27 seconds after the calls ends.

 

Today’s technology brings a new distraction for drivers - the infotainment system. Technology has become a big part of the driving experience. Some features, including new safety systems, improve the driving experience. Others, like voice-controlled systems that promise to do everything from calls, texts, emails and even posting to social media platforms, present new distractions. Remember that these features are included in the car for convenience, not safety. All drivers should avoid the dash to the dashboard. Only use the infotainment system when the car is in park!

 

The distractions while driving include, but are not limited to:

  • Texting - looking at texts and also sending texts
  • Talking on the phone
  • Using car infotainment systems while driving
  • Programming a GPS
  • Grooming - brushing hair, applying makeup, etc.
  • Reading
  • Looking for things in the glove box, dropped items, or reaching for a purse or backpack
  • Eating
  • Fumbling while performing what seems like a simple task
  • Being distracted by other passengers
  • Reacting to interesting road signs, events or accidents on the side of the road, beautiful scenery, etc.

 

We ask you to pledge to remove distractions while driving to and from all FCCLA activities. Also, that if you are running late for a meeting or activity, you will pull into a safe parking spot and text the person that is expecting you. It is better to be a few additional minutes late, than to be distracted while driving.

 

Please encourage all your members to sign this pledge!

 

Safe Driving Pledge Form