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2 On-board navigation systems It engages the mind to concentrate on the task…which keeps the eyes away from the road for longer stretches of time A one second delay in hazard recognition could result in a rear end collision A one second delay in hazard recognition could result in a rear end collision …even some of the innovations designed to help us can be a serious distraction How should a driver properly use this technology? WHILE THINKING ABOUT TECHNOLOGY… WHILE THINKING ABOUT TECHNOLOGY…

3 One of the greatest distractions is the improper use of the cell phone Some research has indicated that drivers are four times more likely to have collisions while using cellular phones. Why do you think is it more dangerous than just listening to the radio? Listening to the radio is usually a passive background noise we get used to…while talking to another person requires a concentrated active participation.

4 Many drivers in various surveys have admitted to: - having drifted into another lane - cutting people off - tailgating others - not noticing traffic lights changing - nearly hitting other vehicles - having drifted into another lane - cutting people off - tailgating others - not noticing traffic lights changing - nearly hitting other vehicles Have you ever noticed anyone distracted while using their cell phone? Have you ever known anyone who was involved in an accident? Have you ever noticed anyone distracted while using their cell phone? Have you ever known anyone who was involved in an accident?

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6 Safe cell phone practices: Never dial the phone or take notes while driving…make calls only when parked or give a passenger permission to dial a call If the phone rings (especially in a demanding driving situation), let voice mail take the call…listen to message after pulling over If you must answer the call, tell the caller that you are driving, keep the conversation brief or suspend it until you can pull over Hands free phones are preferable…place the phone in a location easy to see and reach…be familiar with the phone’s features Avoid stressful or emotional conversations…pay attention to the road and the traffic situation, not the phone call Safe cell phone practices: Never dial the phone or take notes while driving…make calls only when parked or give a passenger permission to dial a call If the phone rings (especially in a demanding driving situation), let voice mail take the call…listen to message after pulling over If you must answer the call, tell the caller that you are driving, keep the conversation brief or suspend it until you can pull over Hands free phones are preferable…place the phone in a location easy to see and reach…be familiar with the phone’s features Avoid stressful or emotional conversations…pay attention to the road and the traffic situation, not the phone call

7 Even more distracting is attempting to dial a number…this often will take your eyes off the road for a couple of seconds

8 Jack, this is Al, mind if I call you back? Even more distracting is attempting to dial a number…this often will take your eyes off the road for a couple of seconds

9 What could this bad habit lead to? In Motion magazine, a General Motors publication 1 of 4 women put on makeup or style their hair while driving When should you do these things? -either before leaving -after you stop at your destination When should you do these things? -either before leaving -after you stop at your destination

10 This may seem extreme…but it does happen…can you think of other weird distracting behaviors? 1 of 4 women put on makeup or style their hair while driving When should you do these things? -either before leaving -after you stop at your destination When should you do these things? -either before leaving -after you stop at your destination What could this bad habit lead to?

11 This may seem extreme…but it does happen…can you think of other weird distracting behaviors?

12 In what ways could this situation be distracting? In what ways could this situation be distracting? Again, these type of situations require you to keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and your mind on your driving What do you think is the number one distraction for parents? Passengers in your own car: Save this for a better time This kid also needs a seatbelt! As the driver, you are in charge. If passengers are distracting, tell them to stop or you will pull over. - talking with you -complaining/arguing with you -crowding the driver - talking with you -complaining/arguing with you -crowding the driver

13 What are some ways children can distract the driver? #1 distraction for parents CHILDREN They cry, scream, fight, moan and complain… Often the result is turning around in an attempt to quiet them down with some verbal response… They cry, scream, fight, moan and complain… Often the result is turning around in an attempt to quiet them down with some verbal response… What are some ways of preventing child distractions in the car? What did your mother say or do? What did your mother say or do? -Be sure they are belted in -Give them books, hand held games, things to look for along the road -Traffic games -Watch TV or tapes -Be sure they are belted in -Give them books, hand held games, things to look for along the road -Traffic games -Watch TV or tapes

14 What could be the result of this distraction? Again, these type of situations require you to keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and your mind on your driving Reaching for things Another common inside distraction vehicle drifting into parked car on the right Even worse…reaching for something on the floor… never do this! Even worse…reaching for something on the floor… never do this!

15 Dashboard distractions Dashboard distractions One final inside distraction… Looking too long at gauges and dials could cause you to miss important traffic info Looking too long at gauges and dials could cause you to miss important traffic info It can be especially distracting if your fuel gauge is almost empty It’s best not to glance down at your dashboard for more than ____second

16 Let’s now consider one last source of distractions…

17 …like that fuel gauge getting close to empty on a lonely highway, there are many things that can flood our minds distracting us The distractions in our mind Thinking about problems Thinking about problems Disturbing news reports on radio Disturbing news reports on radio An exciting sporting event on the radio An exciting sporting event on the radio All thoughts diverting your mind away from the driving task are unsafe All thoughts diverting your mind away from the driving task are unsafe Worries Worries What are common distracting thoughts for teen drivers? Needing to use the rest room Needing to use the rest room

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19 1)Those outside the vehicle 2)Those inside the vehicle 3)Those inside our mind (unrelated to driving) 1)Those outside the vehicle 2)Those inside the vehicle 3)Those inside our mind (unrelated to driving) SUMMARY: Basically there are three types: SUMMARY: Basically there are three types: Distractions could also be classified as visual, mechanical or cognitive One more time…be careful to keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel and your mind on your driving! Eat at Al’s

20 End of Driving Distractions Quiz time…how much do you remember?

21 1. It is estimated that driver distraction is the cause in at least _____% of vehicle crashes. 1. It is estimated that driver distraction is the cause in at least _____% of vehicle crashes. 2.True or False: A distraction is anything that draws the mind away in another direction. 2.True or False: A distraction is anything that draws the mind away in another direction. Driving Distractions - Review Questions 3. The 3 types of distractions are: those outside the vehicle, inside the vehicle, and those inside our ________. 3. The 3 types of distractions are: those outside the vehicle, inside the vehicle, and those inside our ________. 4.True or False: Different things distract different people. Driving distractions in your life will probably change as you get older. 4.True or False: Different things distract different people. Driving distractions in your life will probably change as you get older. 5. Seeing people along the roadway is often a major distraction. Taking your eyes off the driving task could lead to a traffic law violation or worse, a _______________. 5. Seeing people along the roadway is often a major distraction. Taking your eyes off the driving task could lead to a traffic law violation or worse, a _______________. 6. Distractions that are especially dangerous with young drivers is seeing their __________ and wanting to be noticed by them. 6. Distractions that are especially dangerous with young drivers is seeing their __________ and wanting to be noticed by them.

22 7. True or False: Concerning roadside advertisements, if the traffic scene is not demanding, (no potential hazards ahead) it may be safe to briefly glance at them. 7. True or False: Concerning roadside advertisements, if the traffic scene is not demanding, (no potential hazards ahead) it may be safe to briefly glance at them. 8. In busy urban areas, roadside advertisements can definitely distract you. In these situations it’s best to keep your _____ on the road and your ______ on your driving. 8. In busy urban areas, roadside advertisements can definitely distract you. In these situations it’s best to keep your _____ on the road and your ______ on your driving. 9. Traffic jams and accidents present another type of distraction. Because you are moving more slowly your level of concentration may decrease. Compensate for this by keeping a greater _________distance from the vehicle in front of you. 9. Traffic jams and accidents present another type of distraction. Because you are moving more slowly your level of concentration may decrease. Compensate for this by keeping a greater _________distance from the vehicle in front of you. 10. What should you do if you want to enjoy a beautiful sunset or breath-taking scene as you are driving? _______________________. 10. What should you do if you want to enjoy a beautiful sunset or breath-taking scene as you are driving? _______________________. 11. Listening to very loud music can reduce your ability to _________________ on the driving task as well as distract other drivers hearing the excessive volume. 11. Listening to very loud music can reduce your ability to _________________ on the driving task as well as distract other drivers hearing the excessive volume. 12. It is _____ times more likely you’ll get into collision inserting a CD than just looking at the speedometer or fuel gauge. Don’t attempt to do this while the car is ___________. 12. It is _____ times more likely you’ll get into collision inserting a CD than just looking at the speedometer or fuel gauge. Don’t attempt to do this while the car is ___________.

23 16. Some research has concluded that drivers are ____times more likely to have a collision while using cellular phones. 16. Some research has concluded that drivers are ____times more likely to have a collision while using cellular phones. 14.Reading a map or newspaper while driving is very dangerous because even a one second delay in seeing a hazard ahead could result in a _______________________. 13. Eating food and drinking beverages is often both a mechanical and a ___________distraction. At higher speeds, looking away from the road to get your drink can cause the car to significantly __________. 13. Eating food and drinking beverages is often both a mechanical and a ___________distraction. At higher speeds, looking away from the road to get your drink can cause the car to significantly __________. 15. If you have onboard navigation its best to have a passenger study it or if driving by yourself it is safest to _____________. 15. If you have onboard navigation its best to have a passenger study it or if driving by yourself it is safest to _____________. 17. Listening to the radio is usually a passive background noise we get use to…but talking on a cell phone requires an _________ participation reducing our concentration on the driving task. 17. Listening to the radio is usually a passive background noise we get use to…but talking on a cell phone requires an _________ participation reducing our concentration on the driving task. 18. If the cell phone rings in a demanding driving situation, its best to allow the _________ ________to take the call. You can then call back later. 18. If the cell phone rings in a demanding driving situation, its best to allow the _________ ________to take the call. You can then call back later. 19.True or False: Never dial the phone or take notes while driving. If you must answer a call, tell the caller you are driving. Keep the conversation brief or suspend it until you can pull over.

24 20. As the driver, you are in charge. Tell distracting passengers to stop what they are doing or you will ____________________. 20. As the driver, you are in charge. Tell distracting passengers to stop what they are doing or you will ____________________. 21. True or False: The number one distraction for parents is children. Being prepared ahead of time with something to occupy their attention will minimize distractions. 22. If something falls on the floor while driving ________ reach down and attempt to pick it up. 22. If something falls on the floor while driving ________ reach down and attempt to pick it up. 23. Dashboard distractions can also cause problems. It’s best not to glance down at the dashboard for more than ______second. 23. Dashboard distractions can also cause problems. It’s best not to glance down at the dashboard for more than ______second. 24. True or False: An exciting sporting event on the radio can be a driving distraction. 24. True or False: An exciting sporting event on the radio can be a driving distraction. 25. One more time…Be careful to keep your ______on the road, your ________ on the wheel, and your ______ on your driving! 25. One more time…Be careful to keep your ______on the road, your ________ on the wheel, and your ______ on your driving!

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