October 3-7, 2005 is Drive Safely Work Week. Roadway Trends. As traffic congestion continues to rise across the country, many motorists are spending more time on the road than ever before.
Monash University Accident Research Centre . Driver Distraction:
A Review of the Literature. Report No. 206.
Become preoccupied with other thoughts
Tend to occupants in the car including children, pets, and adult passengers
Plan what you will do later
Reach for stray objects in the vehicle
Think about at-work projects and tasks
Eat or drink
Engage in emotional or involved conversations with other passengers or while on a cell phone
Drive while fatigued or drowsy
Answer or dial a cell phone
Engage in personal grooming activities—apply make-up, shave, etc.
Read a map or newspaper
Drive while impaired by alcohol or drugsWhen behind the wheel, do you?
These activities and many others may divert your attention from the primary driving task and increase your risk of a crash. Even momentary distractions can be deadly. Safe driving requires your full attention.
Because you never know what you may encounter on the roadway.